Fort Mill Times (08.22.2013)
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) announced two Fort Worth, Texas, events to close out the Condom Nation Big Rig Tour that featured HIV testing and free condom distribution. The Texas mini-tour, which also included four stops in Dallas, was part of an AHF nationwide tour that began in Los Angeles on March 10.
Based in an 18-wheel, custom-wrapped big rig, the AHF team collaborated with government and nonprofit organizations at events in Texas, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Washington, D.C., New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Condom Nation Program Manager Marco Benjamin stated that the tour aimed to make condoms available and to de-stigmatize having, selling, and giving away condoms. The AHF team distributed more than two million free condoms and provided HIV testing for hundreds of people during the nationwide tour.
The final events in Fort Worth include a collaboration with the AIDS Outreach Center from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 24, at the Poly Sub-Courthouse, located at 3500 Miller Avenue, and a Hip Hop for HIV Concert by radio channel 97.9 The Beat, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Fort Worth Convention Center, located at 1201 Houston Street.
The Condom Nation Big Rig Tour on-the-road contact was Marco Benjamin, Condom Nation Program Manager, (347) 577-2757. In Los Angeles, the AHF Marketing and Communications Coordinator was Kyveli Diener, (310) 779-4796 (mobile) or (323) 960-4846 (office). AHF Texas Regional Director was Bret Camp, (469) 534-0393.
CDC reported 20 million new STD cases annually, approximately half of which occurred among people aged 15–24. The associated health care cost was approximately $16 billion per year.