Washington, D.C., Community Groups Return 70,000 Condoms Given Away in City-Wide Program to Reduce STIs
October 1, 2007
Community groups in Washington, D.C., last week returned up to 70,000 of the condoms given away earlier this year as part of a city program that aims to reduce the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, the AP/Google.com reports. According to the AP/Google.com, about 100,000 condoms were returned by the groups in September due to complaints that the paper packing could make the condoms ineffective (AP/Google.com, 9/30). The city's HIV/AIDS Administration has an additional 350,000 of the program's city-brand condoms that were never distributed (Levine, Washington Post, 9/29).
Officials last month announced that they will phase out its city-brand condoms and use brand names in its condom distribution program. About 350,000 Trojan brand condoms are being donated to the city from Church and Dwight Co. Inc. -- the New Jersey-based company that manufactures the condoms -- in an effort to maintain the program, according to officials (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 9/14). A spokesperson for Mayor Adrian Fenty on Saturday said that the city Health Department recently has received 125,000 new brand-name condoms. Shipments totaling 400,000 more condoms are expected in the next two weeks and deliveries should begin within days, the spokesperson said (Washington Post, 9/29).
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