A reader sends along a somewhat NSFW video and writes:

I couldn't help but contrast the NY Dept of Health AIDS video with another PSA I recently ran across from Director Bryan Jackson. It is a Christmas themed video aimed at the Japanese gay community. From his Youtube Description:

Little Taiko Boy combines Western holiday traditions, Shinto mythology and Japanese gay culture to advocate a very different way of wrapping gifts for a loved one.

Little Taiko Boy's soundtrack is a safer-sex parody of the American Christmas carol "The Little Drummer Boy" interspersed with the slow rumble of a traditional Japanese taiko drum that sounds like a massive throbbing heart beat. Against this backdrop, several men meet in Tokyo's bathhouses, love hotels and cruising spots for intimate encounters, watched over by a glamorous drag version of Amaterasu Omikami, the Shinto goddess of the Sun played by Japanese activist and artist MADAME BONJOUR JOHNJ. Like a queer Santa Claus, the goddess leaves each couple a condom in a bejeweled wrapper as a gift and blessing for the night.

I guess that the bottom line for me is that while good sensible fear should be a part of HIV education, if you really want to reach the target audience you have to remember that sex is also just plain fun.

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