Just caught this on Yahoo
Activists promote safe sex in India with cellphone ‘Condom, condom!’ ring tones
NEW DELHI – A cellphone ring tone that sings “Condom, condom!” has been launched to promote safe sex in India.
The a cappella ring tone features a professional singer chanting the word condom more than 50 times.
It’s a playful approach that public health activists hope will spark discussion and make condoms more socially acceptable in India, where condoms carry a strong social stigma but where AIDS is a growing problem.
Nearly 2.5 million people in India are infected with HIV and the disease is still largely taboo.
The activist BBC group, which is funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, hopes the condom ring tone can make people in India more comfortable with safe sex issues.
More than 270 million people use mobile phones in India and ring tones, especially those featuring hit Bollywood songs, are extremely popular.
“We’ve made a conscious effort to move the concept of the condom away from negative association, like HIV and sex work,” said Yvonne MacPherson, country director of BBC World Service Trust India.
“Condoms are actually health products and if you have a condom and you use it, you are seen to be smart and responsible.”
“A ring tone is a very public thing,” she said. “It’s a way to show you are a condom user and you don’t have any issues with it.”
The ring tone was launched Aug. 8 and has been downloaded 60,000 times, MacPherson said.
Interesting! But is it wrong that this instantly popped into my head? (substitute condom for mushroom, and I apologize to anyone who know instantly hates me 😀