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

rse 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

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