Spent part of the day with a group of ‘militant(es)s’ – activist friends from one of the big French universities today who were running a stall to raise AIDS awareness among students. Attitudes toward sex as topic seemed to be generally open. Free contraceptives were being scooped up at quite a fast pace – with one impressive young lady scopping up a little suitcase of condoms, possibly for further re-distribution or s capital for a small supermarket.
An estimated 150,000 people live with AIDS in France according to the most recent stats. The prevalence rate is at 0.35 – with France’s male gay population being 59 times more likely to be infected than the rest of society.
An exhibition on human sexuality – open to the public – is in its last few days at the Place Bastille. Look forward to checking it out over the weekend! ( It runs through to the 4th of December)