North Dallas Gazette (02.13.2014)
The North Dallas Gazette reported that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)—the largest global AIDS organization—observed International Condom Day (February 13) by sponsoring dozens of events in 28 countries and donating millions of condoms to governmental health departments and nongovernmental organizations. Scheduled immediately before Valentine’s Day, International Condom Day promoted safer sex through condom use.
AHF donated 1 million free condoms to Dallas County Health and Human Services in Texas, 1 million condoms each to the Cumberland and Robeson county health departments in North Carolina, and 4.5 million free condoms to nonprofit organizations that requested them. AHF also gave more than 14,000 free condoms to the Ohio Department of Health. Lori Mizuno, AHF’s director of public health, stated that condoms were “among the most effective and reliable methods” to prevent the spread of HIV and STDs.
In the 2012 Annual Texas HIV Surveillance Report, the Texas Department of State Health Services recorded 4,265 new HIV infections that year, with 781 cases occurring in Dallas. Men ages 20–24 of all ethnicities had the highest infection rate (699 cases). The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services 2012 HIV/STD Surveillance Report recorded 1,409 new HIV and 798 new AIDS cases in 2012. Cumberland County had 1,257 HIV-positive residents, and Robeson County had 424 HIV-positive residents in 2012.
The full calendar of International Condom Day events is available at http://lovecondoms.org/icd-events/.