In the run up to World AIDS Day (1st December), HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is launching a new campaign to discover Brighton’s Next Top Condom.
Each year, THT’s centre on Ship Street distributes over 170,000 condoms to men across the city’s gay scene. Now, in a first for the charity, gay and bisexual men are being invited to test-ride four of the UK’s most advanced condoms and report back on which one gives them the best experience. The most popular brand, to be announced in the New Year, will then become THT’s condom of choice for distribution in Brighton & Hove.
The campaign is part of THT’s Informed Passions project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, which looks to find new and innovative ways to support the sexual health of gay and bisexual men in Brighton & Hove.
The four brands in the running to be Brighton’s Next Top Condom are Mates Skyn, Mates Aquafusion, Mates Ultrathin, and Pasante Sensiva. Each brand offers something new in terms of sensation and aesthetics, from one that comes ready coated with silicon lube, to another cleverly packaged in a round pot so it’s easier to open.
From the start of November, THT staff and volunteers will be hitting the gay scene to promote the competition, handing out sampler packs containing all four brands. All men who feed back their views, either by phone, text or email, will be entered into a prize draw to win £50.
Sue Peters, Regional Manager for THT in the South, said: “At THT, we’re serious about condoms. Thirty years on from the beginning of the HIV epidemic, they remain the best way to protect yourself against HIV. However, it’s important that condoms give men pleasure as well as protection. Sex, after all, should be fun. We very much look forward to hearing what the gay community thinks of our finalists, and hope it will encourage men to explore the huge variety of condoms out there.”
To request a Brighton’s Next Top Condom sampler pack, men should visit THT’s centre (61 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call or text 07971 316609.