It’s human nature to beware a free product—particularly one as vital as a condom. For The Condom Project (thecondomproject.org), a global HIV organization that distributes free name-brand condoms from India to Washington, DC, the best prevention strategy has always been a quality item with a name people can trust. “I think the problem comes when you’re passing out a no-name product,” says director Franck DeRose.
The Condom Project and other DC-based orgs returned 100,000 free no-name condoms donated to them by the health department; many had flimsy packaging and illegible expiration dates. (Trojan came to the rescue, donating 350,000 replacements.) DeRose adds that the project inspects every packet, even at distribution sites, which include Laundro-mats and fast food joints. That’s great takeout.