Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio Marks National Condom Week with Outreach Activities

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For sexually active people, regular and consistent latex condom use is an essential element to helping prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS, and unintended pregnancies. Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio is sharing this important health care message during National Condom Week — February 14-20.

When you think of Planned Parenthood, you might think of planning for parenthood. However, you also should think of Planned Parenthood when planning to stay healthy.

For sexually active people, regular and consistent latex condom use is an essential element to helping prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS, and unintended pregnancies. Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio is sharing this important health care message during National Condom Week — February 14-20.

From a full-sized condom costume as part of student volunteer outreach activities at Cleveland State University to a “friend-raiser” awareness party, PPNEO is sharing its message of better health through condom use.

A primary audience for this message is men. PPNEO increased the number of male clients it saw in FY 2010 nearly 10% primarily through its “Prevention Plus” outreach program based in Akron. PPNEO outreach specialists do STI testing and provide safer sex information in what might be considered unconventional locations including city parks, homeless shelters, AA meetings and a nightclub.

“National Condom Week is a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the benefits of condoms for sexually active people. Research confirms that consistent use of latex condoms offers the best protection against sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies,” said PPNEO CEO Tara Broderick.

“During National Condom Week or any of the other 51 weeks of the year, Planned Parenthood and the professional, trained staff at our 17 local health centers works to educate the community about the important health and safety benefits of using condoms. The doors to our health centers are open to you, no matter your ability to pay,” she added.

The agency has information on its website – PPNEO.org, ads in local newspapers that includes a coupon for a dozen free condoms at local PPNEO health centers and volunteer outreach activities. These include:

  • Student outreach at Cleveland State University, February 15-18, 11 am – 3 pm, Main Classroom Atrium. Volunteers will be distributing free condoms as well as educational materials and coupons for discounted services at PPNEO and dressing up in a full size condom costume. Similar student outreach activities also are scheduled at Cuyahoga Community College and Case Western Reserve University.
  • National Condom Week Party hosted by PPNEO’s Greater Cleveland Community Leadership Council, Saturday, February 19, 6–8 p.m., The Dittrick Museum of Medical History, Allen Memorial Medical Library, 11000 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, $25/person, RSVP: 330-535-2674, x1221.

Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio (http://www.PPNEO.org ) provides essential reproductive health care, family planning services and sexuality education to 78,000 women and men at 17 health centers in 21 counties throughout Northeast Ohio. PPNEO strengthens individuals, families and communities by promoting healthy and responsible decision making about parenthood, relationships and sexual health. For an appointment call 800-230-PLAN.

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