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    ULB students launch nude calendar to fight AIDS

    The Office for Students of the Motor Control Health Division in the Science Faculty at the Free University of Brussels (known as BEMot), with the support of Sida’Sos and Ex Aequo (respectively AIDS and health promotion charities) made an announcement yesterday (Thursday). On Monday male sportsmen will be baring all “Calendar Girls”-style on the first university calendar of its kind.

    Funds raised will go towards sexual transmitted infections (STIs) and the AIDS virus.

    The calendar will be available for purchase on the ULB campus, at partner organisations, amongst them Rainbowhouse, as well as the central Brussels bars “C’est Ma Tournée”, “l’Amalgame” and “Station BXL.”

    This initiative is linked to the resurgence in syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea in Belgium.

    In addition, although the number of HIV infections has stabilised, its contamination level remains up in the country. Three new individuals are diagnosed each day.

    This calendar aims to bring this major public health issue to the attention of a wider audience.

    The photos have been taken in black and white by professionals, Olivia Droeshaut, Yves Dethier and Olivier Polet. Further information is available on the site https://www.ulbe-calendrierunivers.com/.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times