South Africa was once ruled by Puritan Dutch and French settlers. During apartheid, customs officials not only confiscated pornography but occasionally detained people trying to import it. Oh, how things have changed. Now, with one of the most liberal constitutions in the world, the nation held its first-ever sex fair. At “Sexpo SA,” around 40,000 attendees lined up to examine erotic sex toys, learn how to pole dance, and finger some naughty lingerie.
But it wasn’t all fun and games. South Africa has one of the world’s worst AIDS epidemics, with an estimated 12 percent of its 47 million citizens infected. 1,000 people a day die from the virus and another 1,500 per day contract it. A “handful” of health advocacy groups set up stands, including LoveLife Trust, the national HIV prevention program for young people.
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