Condom Cookbook Combats HIV in Japan

When they aren’t too busy producing the world’s thinnest condoms (and fighting over it), the Japanese are very busy not using condoms.

That’s right– the home of some of your favorite condom brands (including those found in our Japanese Condom Tin) has really low condom usage rates, and they’re dropping even lower.

To combat this, two authors Japanese authors, Opanpon and Kyosuke Kagami, came together to produce a condom cookbook.

Yes. A cookbook. Using condoms.

It might sound insane, associating condoms with food. And yet, I’m reminded of Cabbages and Condoms from Thailand, which is a part of the giant initiative from Thailand’s Population and Community Development Association. Now, Cabbages and Condoms wasn’t the only effort put forth in Thailand which made condoms so common place, but it did contribute to making condoms a more commonplace item.

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The main difference though, is that the Thai were trying to combat the massive problem of overpopulation. The Japanese are actually dealing with the opposite– their population isn’t replacing itself fast enough. The big problem with the Japanese is the spread of HIV and other STDs.

Japan produces approximately 20-30% of the world’s condoms, but their HIV rates have been skyrocketing in the last couple of years. Why? Because those who do have sex don’t know enough about the disease to know how to be safe. Like in many parts of the world, HIV has a stigma: only promiscuous and dirty people get it. Folks aren’t protecting themselves in their personal liaisons. But condoms are for everyone, and anyone can get HIV.

The authors of the this cookbook (I Want To Make Condom Food For You, or Tsukutte Agetai Condomu Gohan) want to make condoms a more commonplace item in Japanese households, just like Mechai Viravaidya, the founder of Cabbages and Condoms. They join the ranks of the Kanagawa Prefecture who adopted a condom-based character named Com-Chan as their personal mascot in 2013.

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I’m interested to see what these recipes are. While I haven’t managed to get my grubby paws on a translation of the book just yet, I’ve read that the recipes include cookies, curry, and sushi. Obviously, the condoms themselves aren’t edible, but I suppose there’s bonus points in it if you use a flavored condom like Lifestyles Fun Bumps, or even some flavored lube, like WET Fun Flavors.

And most importantly, will they go well with soy sauce?

 

[Source: Huffington Post, globalissues.org]

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