Week is an opportunity to educate public on the important role condoms play in safe sex
DENVER- Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so to kickoff National Condom Week, February 14-21, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is giving away condoms at each of its 28 health centers.
National Condom Week, which originally began at the University of California, Berkeley in the ‘70s, has still has great relevance in America. Research shows that every year in the United States roughly half of all pregnancies are unplanned, and approximately 19 million women and men will contract a sexually transmitted disease. Condoms used consistently and correctly provide the best protection against sexually transmitted infections for sexually active women and men. They also protect against unintended pregnancy.
While condoms have been traced back to 1,000 BCE, not all sexually active Americans use them equally. According to the Kinsey Institute; couples are using condoms in one in four acts of vaginal sex; condom use is higher among black and Hispanic Americans than among white Americans and those from other racial groups; and 27 percent of teenage women who use contraception choose condoms as their primary method.
PPRM encourages men and women to take responsibility for their sexual health; National Condom Week is an opportunity for sexually active partners to discuss whose responsibility it is to provide condoms. In fact, Planned Parenthood’s line of stylish PROPER ATTIRE® condoms was designed to help women feel more comfortable about buying and carrying condoms. With chic, fashion-forward packaging, PROPER ATTIRE® condoms allow women to combine their sense of style and commitment to be healthy. PROPER ATTIRE® condoms are available year round at Planned Parenthood health centers, or they can be ordered online by going to www.properattirecondoms.com.
To find a Planned Parenthood health center near you and pick up your free condoms, please visit www.plannedparenthood.org/rocky-mountains.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains empowers individuals and families in the communities we serve to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health by providing high quality health services, comprehensive sex education, and strategic advocacy. More than 123,000 women, men, and young adults annually visit our 28 health centers throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Southern Nevada, and Wyoming. Since 1916, we have been the region’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. For more information about Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, call 1.800.230.PLAN or visit pprm.org for the health center nearest you.
February 13, 2012