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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
PENNSYLVANIA: Your Chance to Cast a Vote for the Philadelphia
Don Sapatkin
February 15, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer (02.14.2011) - Tuesday, February 15,

Online voting for the five finalists for the wrapper design of a new Philadelphia-branded condom ends Sunday at 11:59 p.m. EST. The art contest drew 124 entries, which were pared down to five by a panel of artists and activists. The first run of 100,000 is scheduled for April and will include a Philadelphia sticker on Trustex lubricated condoms. Condoms with the art on the foil wrapping may arrive in the fall. The city health department, which already distributes 1.5 million free condoms annually, will stock the new brand at more than 100 locations around Philadelphia, including college health centers, beauty salons, and churches. The aim is "to renew interest in condoms," said Caroline Johnson, disease-control director at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. "And to make people sit up and take notice and say, 'Hey, look at this!'" The idea for the contest was based on a New York City campaign. To vote, visit www.condoms.stdphilly.org.

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