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Contact: Carrie Mumah, [email protected], 212-274-7294

NEW YORK— Throughout National Condom Week (February 14-21), Planned Parenthood of New York City is distributing free safer sex kits and encouraging people to talk with their partners about using condoms, and have safer sex to help protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy. PPNYC will kick off National Condom Week on Valentine’s Day during the evening commute from 6 - 7 p.m. at Flatbush and Nostrand Aves. in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and will continue to hand out free condoms throughout the five boroughs all week.

“Everyone deserves a sex life that is safe, healthy, and pleasurable,” said Stephanie Demmons, Senior Director of Organizing and Advocacy. “Our Activist Council members will be distributing free safer sex kits throughout New York City this week to help ensure everyone has access to condoms and information on staying safe and healthy.”

Using condoms correctly and consistently provides the best protection against sexually transmitted infections, which remain a major public health concern in NYC and across the country. From 2015 to 2016, rates of gonorrhea in NYC rose by 13 percent to around 19,000 cases, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In 2016, nearly 67,000 chlamydia cases were reported, an increase of 6 percent over 2015.

PPNYC works every day to help young people and communities prevent STIs and unintended pregnancies and keep people safe and healthy. Planned Parenthood affiliates provide education and outreach to 1.5 million people each year, and Planned Parenthood websites in English and Spanish provide accurate, nonjudgmental information about sexual and reproductive health to more than 73 million visitors each year.

For information about safer sex kit outreach shifts this week, or to schedule an interview with a spokesperson, email carrie[email protected].

 

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Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of sexual and reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Providing more than 100,000 patient visits annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island offer sexual and reproductive health services, including gynecological care, birth control, cancer screening, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV prevention, testing and counseling, transgender hormone therapy and vasectomy. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.