Join AHF for ICD eventsunder ourpopular “Always in Fashion” and “Safer is Sexy” themes as we call forincreased access to affordablecondoms around the world to helpprevent HIV and sexuallytransmitted infections—along with promotinghealthy lifestyles!
KATHMANDU, NEPAL (February 13, 2021) : COVID-19 has impacted many aspects of our lives, and access to condoms was unfortunately not spared from the effects of the pandemic.AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, invites you to join us for our “Always in Fashion” and “Safer is Sexy” International Condom Day (ICD) events worldwide to remind everyone how important it is for people globally to have access to free and affordable condoms—which are still the best way to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.
Obstacles created by the pandemic have further reinforced the necessity and importance of advocacy to prioritize access to condoms. For young people, “Safer is Sexy” is life-affirming and essential to curbing HIV and STI rates.
AHF started ICD in 2008 with the aim of promoting creative condom marketing and their use, becausecondoms are still the most cost-effective method for preventing STIs and unplanned pregnancies. Theannual celebration is observed globally in conjunction with Valentine’s Day—and AHF country teams around the worldhave exciting and informative virtual and in-person “Always in Fashion” and “Safer is Sexy” festivities planned for 2021!
In Nepal, AHF Nepal advocates will be commemorating International Condom Day 2021 with the theme “Always in Fashion” in collaboration with ART clinics and local partners where AHF has been supporting the Nepal Government to offer quality prevention, treatment and care services by engaging clients, youth and key affected populations of HIV programs in Nepal. Details of the events are as follows:
WHAT : AHF NEPALCELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL CONDOM DAY
WHEN : Saturday and Sunday, February 13th and 14th, 2021
- Time 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. : Free condom distribution, Free HIV testing, interaction with youth, clients and service providers, etc.
WHERE: All districts where AHF has been collaborating with government ART clinics in Kathmandu (Teku and Bir), Janakpur, Birgunj, Bharatpur, Butwal, Kapilvastu, Pokhara, Baglung, Nepalgunj, Surkhet, Tikapur, Dhangadhi, Doti and Achham.
- Staff in ART Clinics, clients and local partners’ representatives including youth; and
- Dozens of HIV/AIDS advocates and volunteers
NEWS DESK NOTE & VISUALS: There will be quiz, interaction, orientation, condom distributions, stickers with HIV services related information, safer sex posters, etc.
“We plan to use ‘edutainment’ activities to promote condom use for HIV and STI prevention and also for avoiding unplannedpregnancies,” said Deepak Dhungel, Country Program Director for AHF Nepal.“Accordingly, we have been supporting the Nepal Government to promotedual protection (i.e. to prevent HIV and STI and also avoid unwanted pregnancies) from all ART clinics and also during free community HIV testing services for populations at risk focusing index testing or partners and biological children of HIV positive individuals.”
“Lockdowns and restrictions due to COVID-19 have been an ongoing threat to condom access, particularly in countries where stockouts and other barriers already made it difficult for people to get condoms,” said AHF Chief of Global Advocacy and PolicyTerri Ford. “AHF remains committed to ensuring people everywhere have access to free or affordable condoms, and our ‘Always in Fashion’ and ‘Safer is Sexy’ICD events hosted by AHF’s global country teams are just one way we do that. We encourage everyone in the 45 countries where we operate to find anentertaining event near you and spread the word on the importance of condoms and condom access for all!”
“We have always placed condom access high on our priority list,” said AHF President Michael Weinstein. “International Condom Day gives us a platform to call for governments and public health institutions to ensure that people have the tools to protect themselves and their loved ones, which is especially important when we’re still seeing 1.7 million new HIV infections every year. That’s simply not acceptable when we have the means to distribute condoms to people worldwide to keep them safe from preventable diseases.”
For a list of AHF’s global and domestic and ICD events, visit LOVEcondoms.org!
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1.5 million clients in 45 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare