Washington Post (09.12.07) - Thursday, September 13, 2007
New Jersey-based Church & Dwight Co. Inc. is donating 350,002
of its Trojan condoms to help bolster the District of
Columbia's condom distribution program, which has recently
been the subject of scrutiny due quality complaints. The name-
brand condoms should arrive by the end of the month, said a
spokesperson for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.
Last week, concerns arose regarding the quality of the
hundreds of thousands of Chinese-manufactured condoms the
Health Department has dispensed since February. City officials
defended their safety and effectiveness while acknowledging
the community's negative reaction. Health Director Gregg A.
Pane said the HIV/AIDS Administration would evaluate the
program, including "feedback on the quality of the condoms and
receptivity by clients." The administration was scheduled to
hold a meeting Thursday with community-based groups to discuss
Organizations and clinics involved in the distribution program
welcomed the donation. "We're moving in the right direction.
There's been such scrutiny of D.C.'s condoms that it's
necessary to use name-brand condoms going forward," said David
Mariner of D.C. Fights Back.
Mariner and others are calling for more strategic approaches
to future distribution programs. District officials are unable
to say how many of the condoms have been handed out, or to
whom. The program must be streamlined with the goal of moving
the condoms quickly from "distribution point to people,"
agreed Shannon Hader, incoming HIV/AIDS administrator. "That's
going to be a really important part of an overall logistics
and distribution plan."