Ji Guangyu, Deputy Director of Blued.org, and Specialist Dr. Ma discuss how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases during the International Condom Day virtual session.
Even though International Condom Day (ICD) is usually celebrated in conjunction with Valentine’s Day in February, the AHF China team has seized the opportunity during the country’s Qixi Festival (Chinese Valentine’s Day) to host two ICD events: A virtual session with partner Blued on HIV and STI prevention that attracted more than 18,000 viewers and an 11-day campaign that included condom distribution and HIV testing was held across 11 Chinese regions!
“Between the virtual lecture and the campaign series, we were able to show thousands of people that condoms are still the most cost-effective method for preventing HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections,” said Dr. Yugang Bao, Deputy Bureau Chief for AHF Asia. “With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many to stay at home, the virtual session with Blued was a novel undertaking that was able to disseminate critical information while also allowing an interactive platform for viewer questions.”
In addition to the online viewership, the in-person condom events resulted in more than 700 people being tested for HIV and the distribution of 60,000 condoms.
“I have participated in International Condom Day events in the past, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, this is the first time we held an online event—I’m honored to be part of it!” added Blued Deputy Director Ji Guangyu. “Online initiatives allow us to engage more people and delivers information with entertaining videos, expert lectures and interactive quizzes with prize giveaways. This will be an ongoing trend for HIV/AIDS prevention, and we hope to cooperate with AHF more in the future.”