OSLO, NORWAY — Staff at a Norwegian gay health non-profit have placed a birdhouse filled with condoms on a tree in Oslo’s Ekeberg Forest, a site known for gay cruising, Digital Journal reports.
The box also contains lube and HIV test information. It will be replenished weekly, the article said.
“It is located on the path at the campsite,” said Rolf Martin Angeltvedt of Gay and Lesbian Health. “The hole is plugged so that no birds can come in, and then there is a small wooden penis attached on the outside so that it is easy to spot.”
Health staff said gays who cruise for anonymous sex in public are at a higher risk of contracting STDs. Because Ekeberg Forest is popular for such encounters, staff thought the condom dispenser was a good idea.
“If there is too much shame associated with your own sexuality, you may take greater risks or treat yourself and others worse,” Digital Journal quoted him as saying.