It’s that time of year again at the University of Hawaii at Manoa: the annual Valentine’s Day Condom Fair.
The university’s Health Promotion Office-sponsored event is expected to draw 2,000 students and will feature a range of activities aimed at raising awareness about sexual health and pregnancy prevention.
Among the events? A condom race and “Pin the Condom on Jack.” The UH Manoa Women’s Center will also host a “One Billion Rising” event to combat violence against women through dancing. Prizes and giveaways will include condom roses, condom lollipops and candies.
A range of community organizations are slated to participate in the Feb. 14 event, including Planned Parenthood, the Life Foundation and Blood Bank of Hawaii.
A press release emphasizes that the fair “is not meant to promote sexual activity” but instead ensure that students who are sexually active use condoms to protect against sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies.
The Condom Fair “is designed to educate students about healthy relationships in a fun and relaxed atmosphere,” the press release says.
It’s happening Valentine’s Day from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Campus Center Mall.
Photo: A condom lollipop. (Courtesy of skuds via Flickr.)
— Alia Wong