‘Cos AIDS Isn’t Sexy Action For AIDS’s new drive to help single women stay HIV negative

First Published – : 21 Jul 2006

Media Release

SINGAPORE , 19 July 2006 — TWO-THIRDS OF WOMEN WITH HIV ARE IN THEIR 20s AND 30s. THIS IS NOT SEXY AND IT IS PREVENTABLE. BETTER EDUCATION, PRECAUTIONS AND EMPOWERMENT ARE URGENTLY NEEDED.

In a bid to educate and empower single women, Action for AIDS, Singapore (AFA), a non-governmental organisation, is launching a 6 month long drive, from July 2006 to December 2006, at various pubs to help single women protect themselves against HIV infection.

AfA is concerned about this group of vulnerable women. According to the Ministry of Health, 193 out of 306, or 63% of the women infected by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) between 1985 and 2005, are in the 20 to 39 years age group.

AFA has chosen the theme ‘Cos AIDS Isn’t Sexy’ to spread this message of safe sex and empowerment. Three different posters representing the young, hip and cosmopolitan women of the day will be put up at various pubs with the following messages.

Show him how you would like him to wear it
Saying ‘no’ is not an option
Follow your instinct: Make him wear one
For more information, call AFA hotline at 6254 0212 or DSC’s Hotline at 1800 252 1324

Mr Paul Toh, Executive Director of AFA says, “Under the influence of alcohol and euphoria, people may put themselves at higher risk of unsafe sexual practices. AFA’S drive to reach out to single women on how to stay HIV-Free is vital. It is based on the right to safe sex, right to condom-use and the ability to say no when there is no protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/Aids. Attractive designer condom packs for the new age women will be unveiled for the first time at the launch and distributed at various pubs.”

During the 6 month long campaign, single women will be informed that some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) will show no symptoms in women and that some people are infected without knowing it. They will be advised that a condom can help protect them from getting infected with a STI or HIV, as they may not be aware that their partner is HIV or STI infected.

Some of the pubs where the education campaign will be held are Club Momo, Dbl O, Rouge and Ministry of Sound.

Those who think they may be at risk of getting HIV infection may go for testing at their family doctor’s clinic or at any government polyclinic. AfA runs an anonymous HIV testing clinic at the DSC Clinic, 31 Kelantan Lane, #01 – 16, S 200031. Call AFA’s hotline at 6254 0212 or visit www.afa.org.sg for more information.


Media Invitation

LAUNCH OF AfA’S ” Cos AIDS Isn’t Sexy”

Action for AIDS, Singapore (AfA) is launching a 6 month long drive, from July 2006 to December 2006, at various pubs to educate single women on the need to protect themselves against HIV infection.

AfA would like to invite your journalists and photographers / camera crew to the launch of ‘ COS AIDS ISN’T SEXY :

Date: 19 July 2006 Wednesday
Time: 2300 hours
Venue: Club Momo
5 Magazine Road , Central Mall
Unit 01-02, 01-03, S(059571)

There will also be a mini launch of ‘Cos AIDS isn’t Sexy’ on :

2 August 2006 at Dbl O at 11 Unity Street #01-24, Robertson Walk, Singapore 237995; and

29 September 2006 at Rouge at 180, Orchard Road, Peranakan Place , Singapore 238846

Thank you.

Yours sincerely
Paul Toh
Executive Director
Action for AIDS, Singapore


PROGRAMME

Launch of Action for AIDS’s
Single Women’s Event

‘Cos AIDS Isn’t Sexy

@ Club Momo
5 Magazine Road , Central Mall
Unit 01-02, 01-03, S(059571)

19 July 2006 Wednesday

2300 hr Registration of Media representatives

Introduction on the education campaign
– “Cos AIDS isn’t sexy”
by Mediacorp Artiste, Belinda Lee

Appearance of Baylene
– designer of the condom pack for single women

Modern Hip Hop dance item based on the theme
– “Cos AIDS isn’t sexy”
with the message on ” Power to say ‘No’ to not wearing a condom ” strongly evident throughout the dance

Flying Darts
Objective of game is about giving empowerment to the ladies, that they can compete in a game often associated with men, and also be good at it, too.

Launch of Baylene’s Designer Condom pack

0030 hrs Distribution of condoms and survey cards


ABOUT ACTION FOR AIDS SINGAPORE

Action for AIDS, Singapore (AfA) was formed in 1988 to promote AIDS prevention, advocacy and support. We are a registered charity whose various support, welfare and educational programmes are managed largely by volunteers. We are funded through donations.

AfA operates an Anonymous HIV-testing facility in the Singapore . We also manage the AfA Medication Assistance Programme and Pregnant Mothers Fund and co-ordinate several support groups to assist infected persons who are hospitalised or at home, and their families.

Our educational activities include public talks and exhibitions, outreach programmes, the development of educational materials, behavioral research and intervention programmes.

Our publication, The ACT, carries articles on medical, social, cultural and personal issues on AIDS and is distributed free. AfA’s comprehensive website at www.afa.org. sg contains latest information and statistics on HIV/AIDS, our activities, a Q & A page, and useful links.

Some Major Events that AfA organises include the The candlelight Memorial to remember those who have passed on from AIDS; the Singapore AIDS conference; the Art Against AIDS competition which uses art as a medium to help raise AIDS awareness; and Riding for Life where long-distance cycling used to raise awareness and funds.

Action for AIDS ( Singapore )
21 Norris Road
Singapore 208263
Tel : 6254 0212
Fax : 6256 5903

ABOUT BAYLENE

Baylene is the designer behind the self-named fashion label. She has been featured in Singapore ‘s top women’s magazines such as Female, Style and Her World.

Baylene was awarded the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Asia Fashion Award in 2005 for her distinctive designs as well as her personal touch.

She is also the proud recipient of the Cleo Crush Awards 2004.

Her designs were flaunted at the Mercedes Australian Fashion Week 2004/2005/2006 and also the Singapore Fashion Festival.

Her collections can be found across Asia : in Malaysia , Taiwan and Japan

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