Navigation Links
Miss Universe Contestants Enter Condom Olympics to Tackle HIV
Date:8/21/2009

Global health organization PSI helps contestants spread HIV prevention messages throughout the world

NASSAU, Bahamas, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Miss Universe contestants continued preparations for Sunday night's pageant by competing today in the Condom Olympics - tossing water-filled condoms to test their strength and playing "Wild Fire Infection" games that demonstrate the serious side of HIV infection. The games are part of an HIV peer education workshop designed by PSI (Population Services International), a global health organization and partner of the Miss Universe Organization. The event was aimed at inspiring contestants to use their celebrity to spread positive messages about HIV prevention around the world.

After the pageant, the winning contestant will have the opportunity to become an Ambassador of PSI's HIV prevention and education program YouthAIDS, and her colleagues will also be able to return home as YouthAIDS Ambassadors in their own countries. Miss Universe 2008, Dayana Mendoza, used her platform to champion the cause among women, who continue to be disproportionately affected by the disease. In addition to attending star-packed fundraising events, she also met directly with women most affected by the disease when she traveled to Nicaragua and El Salvador to launch national HIV prevention campaigns.

Salorne McDonald, a Behavior Change Communications Manager from PSI/Caribbean Regional, led the training along with his colleague Ava Rampersad.

"Millions of young girls and women across the world look up to Miss Universe and admire the Miss Universe contestants," said Ms. Rampersad. "Now, thanks to today's event, these women will be able to continue being leaders in their communities and around the world, educating young women on HIV prevention and helping them live longer, healthier lives."

The Miss Universe Organization has long been committed to increasing HIV and AIDS awareness and partners with a number of organizations committed to HIV research and education. In March, it announced its official partnership with PSI, a leading implementer of HIV prevention and treatment interventions, known for its innovative educational and behavior change communications campaigns.

The games the contestants played today, along with the Condom Olympics, included one in which peer educators gave each girl a piece of paper and asked them to solicit signatures from the other contestants. Though they didn't realize it, each signature represented an act of sex. Some girls agreed to only share their card with one other person, while others chose not to share their cards at all. After the activity, the girls were told that some of them had been "HIV positive" at the start of the game. Then they tracked, through their signatures, how far the infection had spread. The girls who "abstained" or chose to only have one "partner" found out they had remained "HIV negative". The contestants also learned how to conduct a condom demonstration correctly, and tested the limits of condom breakage by filling condoms with water and blowing them with air until they burst.

For photos and videos of the activities, please contact Marshall Stowell at mstowell@psi.org or Trey Watkins at kcwatkins@psi.org

About PSI

PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives. Learn more at www.psi.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE PSI
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Our Body: The Universe Within Exhibition Announces Four New Exhibits Across The Nation
2. Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza Joins the Fight Against AIDS by Getting Tested for HIV
3. Senator Obama Explains His Health Care Plan to SpineUniverse.com
4. Wilmer Valderrama to Co-Host Cielo Latino with Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza
5. Skin and Bones Miss Universe Underscores On-Going Challenges of Eating Disorders Epidemic
6. iUniverse Hosts Canadian Storytellers, Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Advocate for BookExpo America 2009 Book Signings
7. DESIGNER WHEY to Help Contestants and Fans of NBCs The Biggest Loser Shed Pounds
8. Scientists Spot Brains Free Will Center
9. CRC Health Group Announces Acquisition of Bayside Marin Recovery Center, San Rafael
10. Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Caregivers Reach Agreement on a Union Contract
11. 4-Star Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Former U.S. Drug Czar, to Address National Drug Crisis, Keynote Grand Opening of New Allenwood, PA National Model Detox Center
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... Michael J. ... media platform connecting healthcare technology professionals and other key stakeholders with an array ... publication starting on March 1, announced Michael J. Hennessy, Jr., president of MJH ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... ... Social media marketing is transitioning from a singular person activity to a collaborative ... this insight and more in its latest episode of its Brains Over Brawn podcast. ... social media strategist and partner of the digital firm Med|Ed Digital Jessica Columbo. Jessica ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... Wis (PRWEB) , ... February 22, 2017 , ... ... a category by itself - the Vector™ Series Multi-Cook Oven offers up to ... oven chamber, featuring exclusive Structured Air Technology™ for unmatched evenness in cooking. Alto-Shaam ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... IL (PRWEB) , ... February 21, 2017 , ... ... connectivity solutions, has introduced five new hospital-grade power extension cords that meet the ... Services (CMS) of the 2012 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... ... February 21, 2017 , ... Ray Insurance Agencies, a Dallas ... around Tarrant County, is embarking on a six month charity event aimed at raising ... cancer. , Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases in America; more than 7.5 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/21/2017)... Texas , Feb. 21, 2017  Luminex Corporation (NASDAQ: ... board of directors has authorized the initiation of a quarterly ... history. This initial cash dividend will be payable on April ... of business on March 24, 2017. The ... regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 to holders of its ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... NEW YORK , Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... Read the full report: http://www.reportlinker.com/p04711311-summary/view-report.html ... from COPD and other respiratory diseases. Patients having ... prescribed to use oxygen concentrators. Oxygen concentrators are ... be purchased over the counter. Medical oxygen concentrators ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... , February 21, 2017 ... Technology for Adoption by Plastic Industry  ... STEER, creator ... functionalise materials in the fields of plastics, pharmaceuticals, food and ... with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: