Authorities place giant pink condom at Hyde Park to promote safe sex

Authorities place giant pink condom at Hyde Park to promote safe sexThe government in New South Wales has placed a giant pink condom onto the obelisk at Sydney's Hyde Park aiming to promote safe sex.

The health promotion organisation put the 18-metre tall condom to promote safe sex among citizens. The condom was put on the obelisk at Sydney's Hyde Park, which is a heritage-listed structure, on Friday ahead of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will be organised next month, by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health promotion organisation ACON.

Nicolas Parkhill, the chief executive of ACON said that Mardi Gras is a good time to promote safe sex and remind people that using condoms is the most effective way to stop transmission of HIV. He also said that the giant condom was first put up for World AIDS Day in 2014. He said that the organisers took inspiration and decided to put one again this year as a highly visible safe sex reminder not only for the local residents but also for others visiting from aborad.

Mr Parkhill said, "Every year around 80 per cent of HIV transmissions in NSW are among men who have sex with men, so it's vital that we use opportunities like Mardi Gras to remind gay men about the health benefits of using condoms. While new drugs are starting to provide other means of protection against HIV, condoms remain central to the fight against the virus because they remain one of the most cheap and effective ways of preventing the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmissible infections."