China’s favorite symbol of public health, the inflatable oversized condom, made an appearance at Huaihai Park yesterday to mark both National Men’s Health Day and the coordinated unveiling of two men’s health hotlines and 10 men’s health educational centers in Shanghai.
Although Shanghaiist did not attend the event, we are curious whether Guangzhou Rubber Group’s infamous top-of-the-line “Clinton” condoms or the slightly less reliable “Lewinsky” model were distributed to the masses. Who doesn’t associate the womanizing former US President with safe sex?
The safe sex awareness campaigns in Shanghai reflect the Chinese government’s nationwide push for increased HIV/AIDS awareness. According to government sources, the state spends more than 200 million yuan annually on AIDS prevention and claims the disease “has infected at least 840,000 people” within the country of 1.3 billion. Might we be any more vague?
With at least 840,000 confirmed cases, perhaps you should reach for a “Clinton” next time you decide to get intimate.
Like more information? Shanghai’s men’s health experts can be reached at either 6474-9014 or 6465-9922 (for male and female university students). Unfortunately, the service is offered exclusively in Chinese, so have a dictionary ready.
Photo and original artwork by the author.