Why Is This Man Handing Out Fake Bodily Fluids in Ptown?
Just when you thought Halloween couldn’t come soon enough, a giant cell phone has been spotted wandering the streets of Provincetown, Mass.
Wearing a costume that looks like an iPhone open to a Grindr app profile, Tim McCarthy is hoping to raise both eyebrows and awareness by handing out fake samples of HIV-tainted semen and blood to curious onlookers. The artist and activist is recording the spectacle and posting it to his Facebook page for “RUthe1," a project aiming to raise visibility about the prevalence of HIV and other STDs among users of online “hookup” apps.
Here's the project's tagline: "Are you the one I’ll spend a night with? The rest of my life with? Or the one who gives me HIV?"
“The concept is meant to be disturbing," McCarthy said in a statement. "We want to engage guys — especially young guys — in a conversation about HIV that seems to have lost momentum. The Internet and smartphones have changed gay culture and how we meet one another. There’s no shame in meeting online for sex. But if guys knew about the prevalence of new HIV infections, they might do more to prevent its transmission.”
Along with the test tubes, McCarthy is also distributing a pamphlet detailing some statistics concerning HIV, as well as helpful tips for safe online dating. See video of McCarthy below.
(Via Out Traveler)