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article imageDear NASA, Sweden wants you to send a condom into space

By Karen Graham     Oct 3, 2016 in Health
Sweden is known for being "sexually liberated," and is not squeamish about it either. So it's no surprise that they have sent a request to NASA, asking the space agency to send a condom into space.
In a "Dear NASA" voice-over YouTube video, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU), cites NASA's long history of sending objects into space and proposes that the space agency give serious thought to sending a condom into space.
Actually, the video was made, in part, to bring attention to World Contraception Day (WCD), held every year on September 26. Launched in 2007, the worldwide campaign focuses on every pregnancy being wanted. WCD's mission is "to improve awareness of contraception and to enable young people to make informed choices regarding their sexual and reproductive health."
In their pitch to NASA, RFSU points out that condoms are one of civilization's greatest inventions. They also tell NASA they aren't worried about aliens coming to Earth and having unprotected sex with us, they just think aliens would find condoms rather interesting.
"I believe in some kind of life. I have no idea what it might look like. But I'd love it if they got hold of a condom," Emma Gunter at RFSU told Vice during a phone interview.
While the YouTube video may be light-hearted and even funny to many people, the reasoning behind the message is serious as can be. Over 6,000 people worldwide are infected with HIV every single day, and Aids-related diseases kill one million people every year. As for contraceptives, at least 225 million people worldwide still don't have access to contraceptives.
RSFU chose to be humorous, hoping to surprise people enough that they begin thinking about their own lives. Gunter says, "Humor and surprise are some of the most effective ways to communicate important things. That's what we want—for contraceptives to be prioritized, politically."
By the way, the condom, if NASA decides to take the challenge, has been dubbed the "Swedish Space Condom."
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