Fort Mill Times (04.11.13)
Aids Weekly Plus
As part of their second US tour, Condom Nation, an initiative of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will be stationed in the Big Lots parking lot at 1111 Bragg Boulevard in Spring Lake N.C., on Friday, April 12, 12:00 noon–6:00 p.m., where the Cumberland County HIV/AIDS Task Force will be providing free HIV and syphilis testing while Condom Nation representatives of distribute free condoms to the public. The Cumberland County Department of Public Health, the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, and Community Health Intervention also will be contributing to this event. This is the group’s second stop in North Carolina. On April 11, Condom Nation was at an event at Fayetteville State University that featured free condom distribution, HIV testing, and a speech by an HIV activist.
James Vellequette, Condom Nation’s director, explained that the organization’s goal is to make condoms easily and readily available for free or at a very low cost. The group also wants to eliminate the stigma about condoms so that everyone has access to them when they need them. The tour had a preliminary goal of distributing 25 million condoms through their domestic US tour and an additional 25 million through the new global Condom Nation teams in other countries. With the large number of requests from public and private agencies in the United States and the opportunities to provide for younger ages through distribution to high schools and colleges, Vellequette surmised that the number of condoms given away will exceed the initial estimate. He suggested that a more accurate projection would be the distribution of 50 million condoms just in the United States. So far, Condom Nation has distributed more than 800,000 free condoms and tested more than 150 people since it began its tour on March 10.