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On February 14 give the gift of sexual health, use condoms

CHICAGO, IL — Need a conversation starter for your Valentine’s Day dinner? Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) recommends talking with your partner about the importance of using condoms to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Almost 19 million STIs occur each year, and condoms are the only form of contraception that also helps reduce the risk of STIs.

“It is critical that women and men of all ages know how to protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies,” said Carole Brite, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois. “Many people who have an STI don’t even realize it. It’s important to let your partner know that you want to use condoms every time you have sex to keep both of you healthy.”

PPIL will recognize National Condom Week by giving away free condoms at select PPIL health centers in Bloomington, Champaign, Chicago (Rogers Park, Loop, Near North and Wicker Park), Decatur, Ottawa, Peoria and Springfield from Feb. 13 to 20.

PPIL’s peer educators, who lead group discussions in community organizations to educate teens, parents and community members about making healthy decisions, will be distributing goody bags with condoms and STI information directly to their peers, as well as hosting programs about healthy relationships.

The peer educators also will be using popular social media sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to blitz fun, educational facts about condoms during National Condom Week. Facts such as:

• The top-rated condom according to condomdepot.com is the Crown Skinless Skin condom.
• According to Wikipedia, one study predicted that developing nations would need 18.6 billion condoms by 2015.
• On average, in developed countries, condoms are the most popular method of birth control: 28 percent of married contraceptive users rely on condoms (Family Planning Worldwide).
• Condoms can be used to hold water in emergency survival situations.

As a trusted health care provider, Planned Parenthood knows firsthand the power of education to help people make responsible decisions about their health. Every year Planned Parenthood of Illinois provides more than 60,000 women, men, and teens across Illinois with health information, services, and education to prevent STIs and unintended pregnancy.


Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) provides affordably-priced, high-quality reproductive health care services to women and families throughout Illinois. Through health care services, educational programs and advocacy efforts, PPIL works to ensure and protect the reproductive rights of each individual. For more information, visit www.ppil.org.


Planned Parenthood of Illinois


Lara Philipps
312.592.6820 (office)
312.622.6451 (cell)


February 09, 2011