For the past 6 years for National Youth Week the HIV & Related Programmes Unit(HARP) from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District have put out an Expression of Interest to youth services to create a dress made out of condoms, which has affectionately come to be known as ‘Connie’ over the years.
This year HARP supplied a $100 Spotlight gift voucher, the model and condoms and the young people at the Thirroul Youth Centre supplied the creativity, design and construction.
See the making of Connie Condom 2014
Would you like to host Connie Condom dress at your service or organisation? The team from the HARP Unit will deliver, set up and pack down Connie if you can provide a space for her that is seen by plenty of people for a 2 week period of time at your organisation.
HARPs intention in displaying Connie is to raise awareness of condom usage and encourage young people to visit sexual health clinics and GPs for testing. We hope to spark interest in and create an environment whereby Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) can be discussed, accepted and ultimately prevented without fear, myth, stigma or discrimination. Such an open atmosphere will be a key to reducing the risk factors for HIV and STIs in the future.