“Dildo of pain” will be auctioned for HIV charity

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This remarkable dildo, similar to the Penheid Penis from the “Risen from Hell”, will be auctioned off at a charity auction in favor of the Terrence Higgins Trust, an organization promoting sexual health and fighting HIV.

The six-inch high sculpture in the form of a phallus, punctured by multiple pins, is the work of artist Paul Chisholm, infected with HIV. It reflects his thoughts about AIDS and human responsibility for transmission of infection.

The online auction will take place this month, and the proceeds will be transferred to the Terrence Higgins Trust. The indicative price of the sculpture is $ 3000.

Paul Chisholm explained: “Straight pins puncture this phallus with a congregation of red pins, signalling danger, concentrated at the very tip of the penis.

“In this era of neoliberalism, where people are held more individually responsible for personal and public health, one’s ‘viral load’ becomes a way to know how infectious one is; viral load has also become a remarkable way to predict HIV transmission rates, as we’re now seeing in new prevention technologies such as community ‘viral load mapping’.

“Now, having a high viral load is not only potentially damaging to one’s own health, but also dangerous for those uninfected”.

Depending on the price it reaches in the auction, it could be the world’s most expensive – though a 24 karat gold dildo was previously sold for £10,000.

Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity, offering support, information and advice services for those living with HIV and affected by HIV or poor sexual health.

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