Okay, hot topic. You might find it shocking and perhaps think it is not appropriate blogging fodder. Fine. You can skip this one. I personally find it another interesting insight into another country and culture.
I spotted a billboard in Georgetown that addressed HIV. There was also a poster in one of the staff rooms at Iwokarma that addressed Sexually Transmitted Diseases. The Brandt Guidebook mentioned prostitution in the mining camps. Yesterday, in Itaballi we had lunch in a tiny little place on the main street. There were three posters that comprised of the main wall décor in this place - other than a faded 1980’s pic of a married couple on their wedding day. The posters were 1.) Something about - HIV Doesn’t Change Who You Are. 2.) Something like - What Do You Know About Sexually Transmitted Diseases? 3.) My Safety Is My #1 Priority. This last one appeared at first glance to be something about general safety, perhaps in the logging industry. The guy in the picture had on work clothes and a hard hat and there appeared to be wood or logs in the background. However, the woman in the picture was wearing shorts, a tube top and standing with her hand on her hip exuding attitude. Upon closer inspection, the poster was about importance of wearing condoms for protection. Additionally, while in Itaballi, I spotted a car with a bumper sticker saying something like "No Condom, No Sex."