Coventry University is trying to promote condom use
A university in the West Midlands is offering to pay “natural” couples £400 – to have sex on camera, reports Trinity Mirror.
The scheme, which is part of a campaign to promote safe sex, will see three sets of lovebirds aged between 18 and 25 filmed having sex in “natural settings”. These setting will include a student room and a car, to promote the message that using a condom doesn’t kill the mood. The videos are being filmed as part of Coventry University’s Chance2Change Project. It aims to encourage the increased use of condoms between people aged 15 to 24.
However, the video will only be available to over 18s, reports the Coventry Telegraph. According to the project’s lead, Dr Katie Newby, the tastefully shot videos aim to show people that, contrary to popular belief, sex can still be fun and sexy even when stopping to put on a condom.
Dr. Newby explained that the videos would be available to people over 18 years old as part of an initiative designed by the project called Wrapped. She said the pre-recorded films will use “real couples in loving, consensual relationships and be tastefully shot.” The Wrapped service will be made available to people when they order chlamydia self-testing kits from certain websites. The details they enter will then determine what services they can access.
Dr. Newby said: “We applied for funding to develop this piece of work for that age group and wanted to partner up with a company offering self-testing to young people. “They have to fill in details about themselves, like age, gender, where they live to make sure they’re eligible, to request it. “They then are invited to access our piece of work. This particular piece of work has six different components. “They will get one to six depending on what they self-identified.” Dr. Newby went on to explain the other five services available to users of Wrapped.
Users can request a sample pack of 12 condoms to be sent to them discreetly to try. She said: “They can try them and find out which condoms they prefer. It also provides a service where they can request their preferred condoms for up to 12 months.” A box containing personal headphones can also be requested which has a ‘secret pocket’ to store condoms so users can take them anywhere.
Alongside the videos of couples having sex, other clips will be available to people talking about putting condoms on in a way “which increases pleasure” and couples talking about how condoms factor into their sex lives. Dr. Newby said that despite the well-known risks of unprotected sex, the NHS still spends £620million-per-year treating STIs. She added that they hoped the initiative would reduce STI rates: “We are hoping that the work will ultimately reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted infections amongst young people through increasing their use of condoms.”