September is Sexual Health Awareness Month, and to spread the word about the importance of safe sex, OneWorld’s teen group, Omaha Teen Generation, created a dress made out of an unconventional material: condoms.
“We wanted to make it fun and comfortable for teens to be able to talk about condom use,” Kellie Scheinost, clinic manager at OneWorld’s Teen and Young Adult Health Center, said. “It is a great talking point!”
Teen and Young Adult Health Center staff and the teens worked on the dress for approximately a month, meeting for two or three work sessions per week.
“There are 2,000 condoms in the dress, and a lot of manual sewing was involved,” Scheinost said.
The dress will be displayed at the Teen and Young Adult Health Center to raise awareness about the importance of safe sex, but the greater community was able to see the dress at the Nebraska Aids Project’s annual “Runway Wrap Up” fashion show at Omaha Fashion Week. OneWorld’s dress was shown alongside other condom creations in order to increase community awareness about HIV and STIs.
“It is important to educate teens and young adults about sexual health because the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea are between the ages of 14-24 years of age,” Bianca Ruiz, OneWorld sexual health educator, said. “If we can educate this population on the importance of safe sexual health, then hopefully, this issue with STIs will decrease.”
OneWorld is proud to offer services that promote sexual health. Thanks to our partners at the Women’s Fund of Omaha, free condoms are available at all OneWorld clinics—no questions asked. OneWorld also offers STD testing and treatment, and our providers work with patients to find the birth control options that best meet their needs. Individuals ages 12-14 can visit our innovative Teen and Young Adult Health Center for low- or no-cost pregnancy tests, birth control, sexual health education and STD testing and treatment.
To make an appointment at the Teen and Young Adult Health Center, call (402) 502-8880.