Fashion show promotes safe sex

19 February 2008 | Story by Chris McEvoy

Safe win: HAICU's 'Think B4 U Unbuckle' fashion contest was won by the Mature awesome Foursome team. From left to right: Moe Mlisana, Ntsapo Ntsaluba, Keitumetse Masisi and Nande Mjajubana

Safe sex was the theme of the day as HIV/AIDS Coordination - UCT (HAICU) held its 'Think B4 U Unbuckle' fashion contest, MC'd by GoodHope FM's Suga and UCT Radio's Joshua Bent last Wednesday.

Teams of four were given 30 minutes to design a fashionable outfit that was stylish but also had a safe-sex message. All outfits were then modelled on the catwalk and judged by Faith Chirina, the SRC's health and safety co-ordinator, and Phuleng Phooko, project manager for HAICU.

The winning team, the Mature awesome Foursome, took home Cavendish Square vouchers valued at R300 each. Spot prizes were also given out to students who could inform Suga, for example, where to get tested on campus and why not to use Vaseline as a lubricant for a condom.

The purpose of the event was to promote the message, "Abstain, get tested, use a condom every time" which is also seen on posters across UCT. The event also gave HAICU the opportunity to promote its AIDS Community Educators (ACEs) project, in which student peer educators are trained to interact in workshop settings and less formally with their peers on and off campus.

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