Tuesday, February 13 is observed as International Condom Day, and the St Vincent Planned Parenthood Association (SVPPA), will observe the occasion with the distribution of free condoms.
International Condom Day is an annual event aimed at promoting safer sex practices and HIV prevention worldwide.
The Association said in a release that this year, they are taking proactive measures by distributing free condoms to the community as part of their ongoing efforts to promote sexual health and well-being.
International Condom Day serves as a global reminder of the importance of condom use in preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unplanned pregnancies. By providing access to free condoms, the St Vincent Planned Parenthood Association said it aims to empower individuals to take control of their sexual health and make informed choices.
The event will feature educational sessions on the correct use of condoms, highlighting their role in reducing the transmission of STIs, including HIV. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and address any concerns regarding sexual health, emphasizing the importance of regular testing and communication with partners.
As a proactive move to reach out to young adults and promote sexual health education, the St Vincent Planned Parenthood Association is extending its International Condom Day initiative to the St Vincent Community College’s Division of Technical and Vocational Education on February 13, 2024. Students at the Division will have the opportunity to participate in interactive sessions and discussions focusing on the importance of condom use, STI prevention, and responsible sexual behaviour. The initiative aims to provide young adults with accurate information and resources to make informed decisions about their sexual health.
“Reaching out to young adults, particularly those in educational institutions, is crucial in promoting healthy sexual practices and reducing the risk of STIs and unplanned pregnancies,” said Louie Warner, executive director at the St. Vincent Planned Parenthood Association.
And the RN – midwifery at the St Vincent Planned Parenthood association said “We believe that everyone deserves access to accurate information and resources to protect their sexual heath,” adding, that “International Condom Day is an opportunity for us to engage with the community and promote safe sex practices that can ultimately save lives”.
The free condom giveaway will be accompanied by the distribution of informational pamphlets and resources on various aspects of sexual health, including contraception methods, STI prevention, and reproductive rights. The association is encouraging individuals of all ages to participate in the event and take advantage of the resources available.
In addition to promoting sexual health awareness, International Condom Day also serves as a platform for advocacy and destigmatization of condom use. By openly discussing and normalizing the use of condoms, the St. Vincent Planned Parenthood Association hopes to challenge misconceptions and promote a culture of consent, respect, and responsibility.