Manufacturer to Donate 350,000 Trojan Brand Condoms to Washington, D.C., For City's HIV Prevention Efforts
September 13, 2007
About 350,000 Trojan brand condoms are being donated to Washington, D.C., in an effort to "salvage the city's battered condom distribution program in its fight against" HIV/AIDS, the Washington Post reports. According to a spokesperson for Mayor Adrian Fenty, the shipment from Church and Dwight Co., Inc. -- the New Jersey-based company that manufactures the condoms -- is expected to arrive by the end of the month. City officials anticipate that the Trojan condoms will supplement and not replace the hundreds of thousands of condoms distributed at no-cost by the Department of Health, according to the Post (Levine, Washington Post, 9/12).
City health officials last week said that the condoms have met federal and industry standards for packaging and manufacturing. The health department last week also said that district health officials are evaluating the effectiveness of the condom distribution program, "including feedback on the quality of the condoms and receptivity by clients" and that the results will help determine which condoms are purchased in the future (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 9/6).
A number of organizations working to fight HIV/AIDS in the district have been invited to attend a meeting Thursday at the headquarters of the city's HIV/AIDS Administration to discuss the matter. However, the Trojan condoms likely will "come to the rescue faster than changes can be made," according to the Post.
"It's a goodwill gesture," incoming HIV/AIDS Administrator Shannon Hader said, adding that she hopes "this will be an opportunity to separate confidence and function from preference and image. They really get blurred." Some groups involved with the condom distribution efforts praised the Trojan donation. "We're moving in the right direction," David Mariner of D.C. Fights Back said, adding, "There's been such scrutiny of D.C.'s condoms that it's necessary to use name-brand condoms going forward."
Mariner also said that future distribution should be conducted more strategically. City officials cannot say how many condoms have been handed out or to whom, the Post reports. "For me, it's a question of, do we have a plan in place to get these condoms into the hands of the people who need them?" Mariner said.
Hader said that the district's program should move forward with the goal of quickly transferring the condoms from "distribution point to people." She added, "That's going to be a really important part of an overall logistics and distribution plan" (Washington Post, 9/12).
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This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.