Folks in Mississippi can get some free HIV prevention delivered to their doorsteps. The AIDS Services Coalition will mail 20 free condoms in confidential packaging to people who complete a two-step process on the ASC website, reports The Sun Herald.
The free Trojan condoms are part of ASC’s “Safety: Delivered” campaign. To get the word out, ASC has advertised the program on 22 billboards in areas across the state where HIV rates are high. For more detail on receiving the condoms, visit the ASC website.
“For several years, we had been doing a very small condom-delivery service through our organization,” Kathy Garner, executive director of ASC, told the newspaper. “Through the state, we were able to require a donation of condoms, and it really is the best way for many people to protect themselves from HIV and other STDs.”
It usually takes about one to two weeks for condoms to be delivered, she said, and people do not have to give their real names.
The center of today’s U.S. HIV epidemic is in the South, where 44 percent of people living with HIV in the United States are diagnosed, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To read inspiring stories about advocates working to fight HIV in the South, read the 2016 POZ 100, which celebrates the region. And the January/February 2017 issue of POZ also focuses on the South; for more, click here.