Safer Sex at the Olympics

August 20, 2008

What do the Olympics and safer sex have in common? Lots and lots of condoms.

Since 1992, condoms have been available at the Olympics to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. For the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 100,000 condoms were provided for all 10,500 athletes. That might seem like a lot. But a supply of 70,000 condoms during the 2000 Sydney Olympics ran out, and an extra 20,000 had to be ordered.

Making condoms available at the Olympics, means athletes can reduce the risk of an unplanned pregnancy or an STD. Abstinence is the only way to completely avoid pregnancy and STDs. But if you’re going to have sex—whether you’re an Olympian or not—you need to have safer sex.

Check out the Olympic spirit in these condom ads from China:

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