Examples of Community-Based Programs
Sponsored by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the Chicago Female Condom Campaign provides resources for both women and men designed to promote use of the female condom. Along with contact information and information about the campaign, the website features clearly labeled and easy to navigate tabs, such as Get Informed, Get Female Condoms, and Get Skills.
Within those tabs, the website provides a variety of sexual education materials, including basic facts about the female condom, why its use is important, its application for gay men, and even instructional videos demonstrating how to properly use the female condom for vaginal or anal sex. Their website also provides a listing of organizations in the Chicago area that provide free condoms along with a downloadable spreadsheet with contact and location information for each agency.
In addition, the Chicago Female Condom Campaign has a wide variety of training materials for providers, including PowerPoint presentations, brochures and vaginal training models, and tips for helping clients use female condoms. The Campaign even hosts trainings for case managers, prevention educators, and other health care providers.
Finally, the website's News tab features a video clip of Fox Chicago news coverage of the Campaign, along with dozens of additional stories from a variety of media sources.
Managed by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the Stop AIDS Project has given away millions of condoms and packets of lubrication since its inception in 1997. The project provides condoms to individuals, businesses, agencies and organizations in the City and County of San Francisco. Their website provides basic information about the program and information about where to get an HIV or STD test, along with contact and location information for the project. The website also has a link to an online map of locations providing free condoms.
Created by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago in 2008, this campaign promotes broad-based condom use, education, and awareness. Their website homepage provides basic contact information about the program, along with a brief video explaining the purpose of the program and the importance of making condoms available and acceptable in the community. The site also provides facts about condoms, information on how to get involved through donating or volunteering your time, and even an email listserv anyone can subscribe to in order to stay informed.
This campaign also has a Condom Kit designed for community-based organizations wanting to start their own condom campaign. The kit details what might go into a safer sex kit, instructions and information on proper condom use, reasons to use condoms, quizzes, and more.
According to their website, the Love Condoms Campaign, created by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), is designed to “promote widespread access, usage and acceptance of condoms as a vital component of Global AIDS Control.” In order to do so, the AHF not only provides condoms to individuals and organizations, but they actively engage communities throughout the world through social media and advocacy. For example, the AHF hosts an annual International Condom Day with events hosted worldwide where advocates and staff with the campaign give away free condoms to the public. According to their website, the campaign gave away nearly half a million condoms in 21 countries this year. Their website also features their presence in social media and current events. Outreach materials available to distribution partners, an online order form for individuals and organizations*, and educational resources pertaining to the proper use of condoms and the prevention of HIV are also available. Note: The Love Condoms Campaign provides condoms through their website to individuals at a cost.