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Emergency Condom Supply Airlifted to Athletes Village

February 26, 2010

On Wednesday, the Toronto-based Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research said it is airlifting 8,500 condoms to the Vancouver athletes' village after learning the original supply of 100,000 is running out. "When we heard about the condom shortage in Vancouver, we felt it important to respond immediately. Safer sex is key to preventing the spread of [HIV]," said CANFAR Executive Director Kerry Whiteside. The reason for the low stocks is not clear: Athletes and officials may be using them for safe sex or collecting them as souvenirs. "People just take handfuls of them," said Marnie McBean, Canadian Olympic team mentor and a three-time gold medal rower.

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Adapted from:
Daily Herald-Tribune (Grande Prairie)
02.25.2010; Bob Mackin; QMI Agency

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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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