By Ryan Gierach, West Hollywood, California
Combining two of West Hollywood’s favorite pastimes, drinking and sex, with a prevention message, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) held its Walk of Shame Bar Crawl on Sunday.
All tolled, 35 people showed up for a scavenger hunt, which saw the seven teams crawl from bar to bar while leap frogging over parking meters, taking shots wearing eye patches, and double-high fiving strangers as they meandered from Rock and Reilly’s Irish Pub to State Social House to Barney’s Beanery to Fatty’s Public House and finally to the Belmont completing challenges.
The event garnered nearly $300 in donations to AHF and the nonprofit donated one condom dispenser and over 14,000 free condoms to the participating bars (some of which were used for one of the challenges: to build a CONDOMinium, a house of cards made from condoms).
Knowing they could earn their team 30 points by taking a free 60-second HIV test at AHF’s mobile testing unit parked in front of Rock and Reilly’s, more than half of the attendees — 18 people total — got tested for HIV and STDs through the event.
“We at AHF were so pleased to be a part of this community activity that allowed us to reach a young, fun-loving demographic — a group that accounts for 9 million new STD infections annually — through a unique approach to providing testing and condoms while also raising safer sex awareness,” said Kyveli Diener, Communications Coordinator for AHF.