DC to Give Out Female Condoms

'Dream project' targets pockets of high-risk sexual behavior
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2010 6:25 AM CST
The female condom.   (AP Photo/Female Health Co.)

(Newser) – Washington, DC, has given out condoms for almost a decade, but now the capital city is also offering up female condoms to boost its efforts to stem HIV infection rates. Some half-million free female condoms will soon blanket the District's schools, convenience stores, and salons in high-risk areas in a first-of-its-kind program aimed at giving women more control over sexual protection.

"There are areas where the city is not doing a good job (with AIDS), but on this one, they're cutting edge," the director of a watchdog group tells the Washington Post. "The very fact that they're doing this says to women of the city that this is important to you. This is important to your families. Get with the program."

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