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Toys raise STD awareness with adorableness

March 12th, 2013 by Carla

herpes

There are many ways to educate yourself about the dangers of STDs, STI symptoms and knowing your status. Here are just a few:
* You could check out the Centers for Disease Control website for the latest 411
* Pop yourself a big old bowl of popcorn and sit down to watch a few of the educational clips on the SexualHealth.com YouTube channel
* Play with adorable plush toys resembling the icky bugs that cause sexually transmitted diseases.

Wait, what?

Filed under “What will they think of next?” are Giant Microbes toys. The brainchild of Drew Oliver, this line of lovable, fuzzy playthings are intended to help educate folks young and old about the dangers of disease by harnessing the power of cute. The company offers all the popular diseases–anthrax, cancer, the Black Death–but among the most fascinating offerings are the STDs, including herpes, HIV, syphilis and more. Each of the toys resembles an enlarged version of the corresponding bug, with the addition of cute googly eyes. They’d likely make a great gift for that special someone with a weird sense
of humor.

One important thing to keep in mind: When it comes to REAL STDs, you shouldn’t play around. Stay safe, and be sure to get tested.

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