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Superheroes Will Hand Out Condoms Along With Safe Kits During Vancouver Olympics

January 15, 2010

Condoms will be included in "safe kits" handed out to Vancouver visitors when the 2010 Olympic Games begin next month.


Volunteers dressed as "Captain Condom" and other superheroes will distribute kits that also include lubricants, lip balm, other products, and information on local resources. "SafeGames 2010" is modeled after a similar initiative during the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

Supporters of the campaign include the city of Vancouver, which contributed $20,000 (US $19,439), and George Soros' Open Society Institute. They are among about 20 community groups, governments, and businesses backing the initiative.

SafeGames volunteers are expected to distribute some 250,000 condoms to help ensure visitors remain safe during the Games. Volunteers supply their own identities and costumes, setting the stage for the appearance of "Methadone Man," "Pink Storm," "Epidemiology Guy," and the "Caped and Always-Protected Crusader."

"The volunteers have lot of fun because it's a way for them to participate in the Olympics and this is what they do, they get out and they act a little funny," said SafeGames 2010 spokesperson Luciano Colonna.

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Adapted from:
Canadian Press
01.10.2010; Terri Theodore

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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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