Dr Paul Nsubuga Semugoma, a Ugandan medical doctor and human rights activist, has been under arrest for the past 48 hours and is facing the threat of deportation to his country of birth.
A group of South African human rights organisations are urgently attempting to halt his deportation as Paul is “wanted” in Uganda for his activism around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in his country.
"Through this project we are raising awareness of the fact that syphilis, human papillomavirus (HPV) and gonorrhea are common STIs in SA and using condoms can reduce transmission. Health4Men wants South Africa's men to have great sex, from top to bottom, and we want them to be responsible about it. So make the message viral, not the infections," says Glenn de Swardt, Programme Manager at Anova's Health4Men.
NATIVE VML Executive Creative Director, Ryan McManus, adds, "The easiest way to prevent getting an STI is by using a Health4Men coloured condom. That's why we decided to raise awareness of preventing STIs by using the actual condom as the message. By bringing STIs into the public consciousness with these giant tactical installations, it also made condoms easily accessible to the public. Through the simple act of taking a condom off the wall, the public did the rest, helping to make STIs disappear by choosing to protect themselves."
The first in a series of Cape Town activations was launched on 17 May on a wall across the road from the Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. Bearing the word "syphilis", the activation ran in the morning, with all of the 2236 condoms being removed by the public within two hours.
"The activation received great exposure across social media channels from passers-by who saw and interacted with the installation, and elicited a tremendously enthusiastic response from the public," says McManus.
A second set of activations planned for Johannesburg are also set to tie in with Health4Men's launch of a new web- and mobisite for their sexy new MSM site, PlayNice.
Find Health4Men on Facebook, and follow@H4Mtop2btm on Twitter for updates as to where the Condom Walls will be appearing next.
Two new studies indicate differences in treatment among racial groups.
Three pride events are lined up in September through to early October.
Health4Men will be attending all three pride calendar dates and MSM (men who have sex with men) will be able to get sexual health information from trained professionals, free lube and condoms and also make use of the free HIV screening (with counseling) services at all three events.