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Play Safe sex kit, ca. 1980s

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute


From the collection of COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics), a group dedicated to sex workers’ rights, this Play Safe kit was produced during the AIDS crisis in the mid-1980s by Lyon-Martin Women’s Health Services in San Francisco. Intended to educate all women about safe sex practices, the kit included latex gloves, a condom, finger cots, and other items.
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