LOS ANGELES (February 12, 2013) – In recognition of International Condom Day (ICD) – an informal annual celebration of safer sex held on February 13 in conjunction with Valentine’s Day – AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, is hosting or supporting condom distribution and awareness-raising activities on every continent, spreading safer sex messages in 25 countries around the world. The majority of the activities will feature “Condom Flash Mobs,” which are organized groups of people—dozens in some locations to several thousand in others—distributing mostly AHF’s LOVE-branded condoms in high-traffic areas of each city.
In addition to events in the majority of the 28 countries where AHF currently provides testing, treatment, and advocacy on four continents, the nonprofit is also supporting Condom Day events being held by local non-government organizations (NGOs) in Greece and Portugal, as well as providing condoms for a demonstration hosted by the local activism group Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS (YEAH) in Melbourne, Australia. A complete list of ICD activities can be found at: http://www.aidshealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/List-of-ICD-Condom-Flash-Mob-Events.pdf
“Last year on International Condom Day, we took part in activities in 30 cities scattered throughout 15 countries worldwide,” said AHF President Michael Weinstein. “The fact that we have more than doubled the numbers of cities taking part in this normalization, encouragement, and education surrounding condom use shows how much these countries value safer sex as a preventive measure in the fight against HIV/AIDS.”