How Healthy Is Your Penis? Would It Like a Starbucks Coupon?
Would you like an HIV test with your caramel macchiato?
The San Francisco Department of Health's popular "Healthy Penis" campaign is back, you guys!
Designed to promote safe sex and regular STD testing among San Franciscans, the public health promotion features a trio of cartoon penises and their enemy, Phil the Syphilis Sore.
This year the department has teamed up with more than 20 local merchants in San Francisco's super-gay Castro District, including national chains like Starbucks and the Sunglass Hut, who are offering discounts for anyone who gets an HIV test. A giant cartoon penis character hands out the coupons, which look like dollar bills with the character Byron H. Penis, and a "healthy penis" squeeze toy that reminds folks to get tested every six months.
“When people know their status, they’re a lot less likely to spread their infection around,” organizer Thomas Knoble tells the Huffington Post, adding that the campaign has led to a marked decrease in syphilis cases over the last decade.
The "Healthy Penis" campaign runs through October. Find a list of participating San Francisco business and the city's HIV testing sites on the Department of Public Health's website.