|[March 16, 2013]
Condom Nation Rolls into Pensacola!
PENSACOLA, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
AIDS Healthcare Foundation:
Free condom distribution & HIV testing event by Condom Nation
SATURDAY, March 16th 7 pm - midnight
Jefferson Street Parking Garage
53 S. Jefferson St. (across from Cabaret bar)
Pensacola, FL 32502
Custom-wrapped 18-wheel Condom Nation big rig and matching HIV
testing van providing free condoms and testing
The mobile condom distribution team that distributed 5.5 million condoms
throughout the U.S. last year, Condom
Nation - an initiative from the AIDS
Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization - has launched their second U.S. tour, which has already
seen the team's 18-wheel, 72-foot custom-wrapped big rig distributing
nearly 700,000 condoms in Texas and Arkansas during a speedy
cross-country cruise to South Florida. The team will drop off condoms at
five distribution events throughout Florida - beginning with Saturday's
distribution and testing event in Pensacola - prior to an appearance at
the Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale on March 24th.
According to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 1.4 million cases
of chlamydia were reported in 2011, and reporting of new gonorrhea cases
saw its second consecutive year of increase with more than 300,000 new
cases that year. These are just some of the estimated 20 million new STD
cases reported annually, half of which occur in young people aged 15-24.
The CDC estimates the health care costs to the nation for treating these
diseases - which are preventable through condom use - to be about $16
billion per year.
"Condom Nation is about access to condoms," said Condom Nation Director James
Vellequette. "Our goal is to make condoms easily and readily
available for free or at a very minimal cost to those receiving them
through our widespread, national, fun and motivated distribution
efforts. Simultaneously, we need to eliminate the stigma around having
condoms, carrying them, selling them, or best of all, giving them away
so that everyone has access to them whenever they need them."
The team had a preliminary goal of distributing 25 million condoms
through their domestic U.S. tour and an additional 25 million through
newly launched global Condom Nation teams in countries around the world.
However, with requests pouring in from public and private agencies
across the US, coupled with new opportunities to access younger
demographics through distribution to high schools and colleges, "we
already see ourselves greatly exceeding our initial estimates," said
Vellequette, adding that 50 million condoms distributed in the U.S.
alone is a more accurate projection.
Condom Nation left Los Angeles on Sunday, March 10th, and has
made stops in Dallas, Texas - where the team dropped well over 600,000
condoms for distribution to agencies in need across the south - and in
Little Rock, Arkansas, where they provided more than 50,000 condoms on
Wednesday morning to the state's Department of Health. With public
health resources being continually cut across the nation, the department
in Arkansas reached out to Condom Nation requesting help in their
efforts to maintain accessibility to free condoms for their
constituency. The Condom Nation caravan sped through five Southwestern
states - stopping in Dallas - before arriving in Little Rock with the
After Saturday's event in Pensacola, the Condom Nation Caravan will
proceed to the South Florida cities of Jacksonville, Orlando, Saint
Petersburg, and Fort Myers to drop off condoms and offer HIV tests -
both free of charge to the recipients - before the big rig and van
arrive in Fort Lauderdale for the Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival
on March 24th. Following that, the team will head up the East
Coast in time to make an appearance at AHF's Keep The Promise on AIDS
March and Rally in New York City on April 6th.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS
healthcare provider in the USA. AHF currently provides medical care
and/or services to over 200,000 individuals in 28 countries worldwide in
the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia. For
more information, visit www.aidshealth.org,
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