AND1 Baller Joins Fight Against Sexually Transmitted Diseases
April 18, 2008
Former Harlem Globetrotter Troy "Escalade" Jackson, now part of the AND1 Mixtape traveling basketball competition, is taking the HIV/STD-prevention message on the road with him. Jackson lost a brother to AIDS in the 1980s. "When I did research about the disease, the numbers blew me away," he said. "I felt the sheer impact it was having on our community was being ignored." In his outreach, Jackson is partnering with ONE brand condoms: He has made a commitment to donate 5,000 condoms each quarter to health centers and nonprofits. "We want to educate these kids about protecting themselves and saying you dont want a 10-minute decision to affect you for the rest of your life," said the native New Yorker and former court star at the University of Louisville.
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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.