By Valerie Siebert For Dailymail. A health project for adolescents are trying to grab the attention of teens by putting prom dresses made of condoms on display. As young high schoolers take to their local mall in Omaha, Nebraska, in search of outfits for their upcoming prom night, some will be confronted with a very literal interpretation of a prom night stereotype. Scroll down for video. One way to send a message: Teenagers shopping for prom dresses in Omaha, Nebraska, may come across one of these condom creations made to bring awareness to the dangers of unprotected sex. If any curious teens approach the colorful, rubber-covered creations, they will be welcomed by a tag which, rather than a price, contains a warning.
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But while controversies over youths sporting gender-nonconforming clothing —or girls donning gowns that schools say show too much skin —have become common, a pair of unconventional dresses are serving as a reminder that choosing to use a condom could be the most important wardrobe decision a teen makes on prom night. The dresses, on display at two formal-wear stores in Omaha, Nebraska, are made entirely out of unexpected material: dozens and dozens of colorful condoms. Helping Youths Smash Gender Stereotypes. The emphasis on STD awareness among teenagers is essential. According to the Office of Adolescent Health at the U. Department of Health and Human Services, youths ages 15 to 24 are nearly half of the 20 million new cases of STDs each year. Roughly 40 percent of teen girls who are sexually active have contracted an STD, such as chlamydia or syphilis, that can cause infertility or even death.
Prom dresses made of condoms on display to encourage safe sex practices
WOWT -- Local stores will be greeting potential customers hunting for the perfect prom dress with an unconventional message about safe sex practices: Dresses made entirely out of condoms. Like the other dresses in the stores, the condom dresses have price tags, but not a dollar amount. The tags read," Being safe is always in style.