Published: Monday 31 March 1997

-- An ingenious way to disseminate information and awareness about AIDS, the deadly malady, was encountered here recently. To design a costume for a carnival, a Brazilian dancer in Sao Paulo recently used 5,000 condoms apparently donated by the government ministry which is in charge of preventing AIDS in the country. The costume which is called 'Angel of Life', stands three metre high and weighs 15 kg.

The dancer, Danielle Areco Veloso, said that the condoms had been donated from cast-offs for not having passed quality tests conducted by the ministry of health and were due to be burned. "I believe a carnival costume can be educational and at the same time be attractive. Thousands of people see the Parade, and the press coverage is huge. So it is a good time to make a point about preventing diseases in a way that is original," elaborated Veloso.

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