LOS ANGELES — Several LGBT intramural sports leagues in Los Angeles are partnering with the city’s Department of Public Health to distribute the official “L.A. Condom,” handed out from a 40-foot-long “condom mobile” that made its debut at Long Beach Pride. They hope to hand out 1 million and one condoms by the end of the year, LGBT Weekly reported Monday.
Last June, L.A. County Public Health’s Division of HIV and STD Programs announced the winners of its first-ever condom contest to design an official Los Angeles-branded condom wrapper. The contest received about 500 entries with more than 185,000 online votes cast, LGBT Weekly reported.
An estimated 2,000 new HIV infections occur annually in L.A. County, the article said. In 2011, the Department of Public Health reported more than 47,500 new cases of chlamydia, more than 9,500 new cases of gonorrhea and nearly 1,800 new cases of syphilis.
The L.A. Sex Symbol program is funded by the County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This initiative is intended to increase condom use, drive awareness of HIV and STD prevention, and provide information about HIV/AIDS and STD treatment and care, LGBT Weekly said in its report.