The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Vietnam has just launched a campaign to raise people’s awareness on safe sex by using condoms.
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Under the theme “Modern People Ain’t Afraid of Condoms”, the campaign will consist of art performances, seminars with young people and experts as well as activities to promote knowledge on safe sex on social networks.
Famous young names such as Miss Vietnam 2006 Mai Phuong Thuy and pop singer Hoang Thuy Linh will also attend the campaign by holding friendly meetings with youths to talk and share about safe sex, especially the use of condoms which has been a sensitive topic in the country.
A 2-minute film calling on people to remove the social stigma attached with people using condoms will be screened on USAID Vietnam’s official website.
“In Vietnam, condom is a sensitive issue. Though we can talk more openly about this topic, people still have a critical look on those who buy, use or bring condoms along. I hope the criticism will soon be erased.” Mai Phuong Thuy, who has been appointed the campaign’s ambassador stated.
The campaign is part of the agency’s project to prevent HIV for people aged from 18 -32 in 8 provinces and cities including Hanoi, Haiphong, Quang Ninh, Lao Cai, Nghe An, Ho Chi Minh City, An Giang and Can Tho.