Condom Night with Mechai

Archive ID: 1988_condom_night_with_mechai

Mechai Viravaidya, also known as "Mr Condom", educates people in night clubs, bars and on the streets about the use of condoms to prevent HIV/AIDS.

Background material

"Mechai Viravaidya from Population and Community Development in Bangkok is a politician and activist who has popularized condoms, family planning and AIDS awareness in Thailand. He served as a senator from 1987 until 1991, and during this time AIDS appeared in Thailand. By increasing his efforts to promote sexual-safety awareness he both inspired and led the Thai response to HIV and AIDS, which drastically lowered HIV prevalence in the country. In Thailand, Mechai has been affectionately known as "Mr. Condom" and condoms have sometimes been referred to as "mechais"." - Staffan Hildebrand