'Condom Nation' to make stop in Central Florida

By Tara Evans, Producer, tevans@wkmg.com
Published On: Mar 19 2013 01:24:52 PM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -

The Condom Nation Caravan made a stop in Orlando Tuesday--all to promote safer sex to residents.

The Condom Nation Caravan consists of an 18-wheeler truck and van that offers free condoms and HIV testing to visitors. Orlando is the third Florida city for the caravan, which is an initiative of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

"Condom Nation is about access to condoms," said the project's director, James Vellequette. "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 motivated distribution efforts."

Vellequette also said the project aims to eliminate the stigma about having condoms or selling them, so that everyone has easy access to them.

He said another goal is to distribute more than 50 million condoms in the United States and encourage their use.

Every year, more than 20 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases are reported--half of which are from people ages 15 to 24.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates it costs the nation $16 billion per year to treat these diseases, which are preventable with condom use.

The Condom Nation Caravan is at 5111 West Colonial Drive in Orlando, just west of the Pine Hills-Colonial intersection on Tuesday, March 19th.

From Orlando, the caravan will head to St. Petersburg, Fort Meyers, and Ft. Lauderdale for the Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival.

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