Update: Austrian “School of Sex” a farce

The Swedish woman who claimed to be the headmistress of the first University of Sex recently came clean, announcing that the school was nothing more than an art project. Earlier in the year, it was reported that the school would be opening in Vienna, Austria, and would offer classes to singles and couples in need of "hands on" advice on sexual techniques.

Ylva-Maria Thompson, a Swedish artist who once hosted an erotic television show, was slated to lead The Austrian International School of Sex (AISOS), according to The Local. Thompson was also known for an art project which displayed castings of a number of Swedish women's genitalia.

Though the AISOS was going to declare its doors officially open this month, Thompson announced that she was participating in an elaborate hoax, or as she sees it, a massive, international art project. The school was the brainchild of an Austrian advocacy group, The Bird Base, which strives to raise awareness about the nation's low birth rate.

"I was asked by their press person to play the part," Thompson told the Swedish magazine Resume, according to the news source. "If anyone was the right person, it was me. I felt made for the role."

Though the school may no longer be an option, there is a dire need for sexual education. Many people do not know about the importance of safer sex.

Wearing protection while engaging in sex can save lives and prevent a number of sexually transmitted infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 1.2 million people in the U.S. living with HIV, an STD that still has no cure. Sadly, around 20 percent of those infected with the illness are not aware that they are carriers.

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