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Indiana Group That Provides Free Condoms Running Low on Cash

August 8, 2002

An Anderson, Ind., group that distributes free condoms to encourage safe sex might have to eliminate the program because of a lack of money. In the past year, Living with AIDS and Dignity distributed more than 16,000 condoms, more than 8,000 of them in packets that contained AIDS information and telephone numbers for HIV/AIDS testing sites. The packets were placed in baskets and jars around Madison County. Now the program's future remains in question. "We don't have a budget for prevention itself -- condoms are free from the state," said James Toloday, the program's coordinator. "It's the bag you put them in or the pocket wallet, the lubricant and the cards to tell where they can go get tested that cost. It was a trial program that has just taken off full steam," Toloday said. The group helps those in financial need living with HIV/AIDS in central Indiana's Madison and Delaware counties. Madison County ranks as seventh in the state for population with HIV, according to the Indiana State Health Department. As of March, Madison had 74 residents with HIV and 151 residents with AIDS.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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