HCMC student's thesis pitches condom use

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Safe sex is the theme of an unusual graduation thesis by a graphic design student of Van Lang University in Ho Chi Minh City .

Nguyen Minh Tuan, aka Tuan Khoa, has sought to raise public awareness of using condoms and destigmatize their use.

For the thesis, he has made two commercials called "Protect yourself" and "Show the right way for the stag" (www.mediafire.com/download.php?8mt8d81hcfwy5et), a 3D fashion photo collection, and the first-ever cinemagraph collection still images that contain animation elements called "Condom Glow Fashion".

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Models, singers, and actors have pitched in to help and act as ambassadors for the thesis which Tuan says was inspired by the celebration of the national month for HIV/AIDS prevention from November 10 to December 10 and the World AIDS Day on December 1.

"Though the condom is familiar in modern society, it still carries a stigma. I want to change that perception and hope my campaign will increase people's awareness of using condoms to protect themselves and their friends from sexually transmitted diseases," Tuan says.

The 24-year-old is now a photojournalist at a newspaper and a graphic designer.

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