BEIJING Condoms of all shapes and sizes were on
display at a Beijing fashion show on Wednesday featuring
dresses, hats and even lollipops made of the said item.
Models fought through extravagant soap bubble special
effects to show off tight-fitting wedding gowns, scaly-looking
evening dresses, outrageous bikinis and other garments made
entirely of condoms, inflated or otherwise.
The show was held at the Fourth China Reproductive Health
New Technologies and Products Expo and organised by China's
largest condom manufacturer, Guilin Latex Factory, to promote
the use of condoms in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
It also marked World Population Day, organised annually by
the U.N. Population Fund.
China, with a population now of 1.3 billion, introduced a
strict one-child policy in the late 1970s under which many
residents are restricted to one child.
"One (child) is not enough -- two are better," said visitor
But the main aim of the condom show was to promote AIDS
China originally stigmatised AIDS as a disease of the
decadent, capitalist West -- a problem of gays, sex workers and
drug users. Traditionally, none of these officially existed in
It has belatedly woken up to the problem, and health
experts have warned the virus is now moving into the general
population. But a lack of sex education and unwillingness to
talk about sex still hampers the fight, health experts say.