Examples of Health Department-Sponsored Programs
The New York State Condom (NYSCondom) program—managed by the New York State Department of Health—provides free male and female condoms, personal lubricant, dental dams and finger cots to eligible organizations. Their website provides information about the program, an eligibility determination form, an on-line request form, answers to frequently asked questions about the distribution program, product descriptions and links to general information about male and female condoms, HIV/AIDS and STDs.
NYC Condom — a program managed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene — targets both individuals and organizations looking for safe sex resources or basic information about STD prevention and sexual health. Among other resources, their website offers:
- Information about sexual health, STDs, birth control and how to properly (and improperly) use either a male or female condom
- A full listing of organizations (searchable by borough and zip code) providing free male condoms, female condoms, and lubricant
- Contact information, including email addresses and a 311 telephone line
- An extensive listing of additional resources with information about confidential testing, female condoms, emergency contraception, HIV and STD testing centers, and other public health organizations focusing on sexual and reproductive health
- An online order form where eligible organizations can request free condoms and lubricant online
NYC Condom also highlights the Social Marketing tools utilized for their NYC Condom Media Campaigns, including TV spots, subway ads, posters, and web banner ads available in both English and Spanish
The DC Free Condom Distribution Program—managed by the District of Columbia Department of Health: HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA)—provides free condoms and lubricant packages to individuals and organizations. Their website provides a variety of tools designed to make it easier for the DC community to educate themselves and obtain free safe sex resources, including:
- Condom Distribution Fact Sheet highlighting the importance of condoms and the goals of the DC Condom Distribution Program
- An online Condom Distribution Order Form where individuals residing in DC can quickly order a package of 10 free condoms
- An online Condom Distribution Order Form where community partners can order condoms and lubricant packages to provide at their locations for free
- Condom Distribution Representatives available via email or phone, with both English and Spanish language options
- Detailed instructions surrounding the proper use of male condoms, female condoms, and dental dams
HAHSTA also manages a social media website called Rubber Revolution, where individuals and organizations can learn more about proper condom use at Condom University, the four ways to get free condoms in DC, how to get involved and connect on Facebook, and local advocacy events. The website is available in seven different languages, including English, Spanish, French and Vietnamese.
To ensure that condoms are available, for free, to anyone who requests them, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) provides condoms for distribution to over 100 unique sites across the city. Agencies can become a condom distribution site by filling out a registration form. Also, like HAHSTA (above), PDPH operates a social media website. At Take Control Philly, individuals can find information about STDs, the importance of condom use, how to have condoms sent through the mail, and how to find more information on Facebook and Twitter. The site also features maps of free condom distribution sites, and even an iPhone application. Check out these resources in action!
- Finding Free Condoms: Online mapping of Condom Distribution sites
- STD Fact Sheets: Tabbed fact sheets about Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, HIV/AIDS, Herpes, HPV, and Other Diseases.
- Protect Yourself!: Includes information about why using a condom is important, along with videos demonstrating how to use both a male and female condom
- Mail me condoms!: Online condom order form for individuals between ages 13 and 19 years old who live in Philadelphia
- Condom Philly: an iPhone app that allows the user to locate the nearest free condom dispenser, which is displayed on a map. Users can rate and comment on dispensers.
Funded by CDC and the county of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, the L.A. Sex Symbol initiative is a dynamic effort for residents of Los Angeles County which is intended to increase condom use, drive awareness of HIV and STD prevention, and provide information about HIV/AIDS treatment and care. The program’s website invites interaction and community involvement by featuring social marketing links and events. As an example, “L.A.'s Next Sex Symbol,” a condom wrapper design contest will feature designs by LA County residents with the goal of distributing one million and ONE of the winning design condoms throughout the Los Angeles area.