FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AIDS Healthcare Foundation:
“Condom Nation is about access to condoms”
Free condom distribution & HIV testing event by Condom Nation in connection with the AIDS Outreach Center and 97.9 The Beat’s Hip Hop for HIV concert
|When & Where:||SATURDAY, August 24th 9 am – 3 pm|
|3500 Miller Avenue|
|Fort Worth, TX 76119|
|In connection with: AIDS Outreach Center|
|SUNDAY, August 25th 2 pm – 6 pm|
|Fort Worth Convention Center|
|1201 Houston Street|
|Fort Worth, TX 76102|
|In connection with: 97.9 The Beat’s Hip Hop for HIV concert|
|B-Roll:||Custom-wrapped 18-wheel Condom Nation big rig and matching HIV testing van providing free condoms and testing|
ON THE ROAD – Marco Benjamin, Condom Nation Program Manager, +1.347.577.2757
LOS ANGELES – Kyveli Diener, AHF Marketing & Communications Coordinator, +1.310.779.4796 (mobile) or +1.323.960.4846 (office)
FORT WORTH – Bret Camp, AHF Texas Regional Director, +1.469.534.0393
The mobile condom distribution team that distributed 5.5 million condoms throughout the U.S. last year, Condom Nation – an initiative from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization – is wrapping up a Texas mini-tour this weekend with two stops in Fort Worth! The team has been working with government and nongovernment organizations to distribute thousands of free condoms and provide free HIV testing at each event in the regional tour, which included with four stops in the Dallas area this week. The jaunt culminates on Sunday with a stop at Hip Hop for HIV, a benefit concert hosted by radio station 97.9 The Beat.
Prior to the distribution and testing the Condom Nation team will provide at the concert, they will be hosting a stop on Saturday in coordination with Fort Worth’s AIDS Outreach Center.
Since leaving Los Angeles to begin this year’s nationwide tour on March 10th, the team and their 18-wheel, 72-foot custom-wrapped big rig have distributed over 2 million free condoms and tested hundreds of people for HIV at events in Texas, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Washington, D.C., New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 1.4 million cases of chlamydia were reported in 2011, and reporting of new gonorrhea cases saw its second consecutive year of increase with more than 300,000 new cases that year. These are just some of the estimated 20 million new STD cases reported annually, half of which occur in young people aged 15-24. The CDC estimates the health care costs to the nation for treating these diseases – which are preventable through condom use – to be about $16 billion per year.
“Condom Nation is about access to condoms,” said Condom Nation Program Manager Marco Benjamin. “Our goal is to make condoms easily and readily available for free or at a very minimal cost to those receiving them through our widespread, national, fun and innovative distribution efforts. Simultaneously, we need to eliminate the stigma around having condoms, carrying them, selling them, or best of all, giving them away so that everyone has access to them whenever they need them.”
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider in the USA. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to over 230,000 individuals in 28 countries worldwide in the U.S., Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @AIDSHealthcare.