Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Arts.Advocacy+Wellness: "More Wellness...NYC Health and Hygiene Style."

Wellness...NYC Health and Hygiene Style
Safe-sex and safer-sex plays a valuable part in our emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness and New York City's Health and Hygiene Department continues to do its part in advocating healthy and productive lifestyles and living. Last December, the NYC Health Department, launched the condom package design contest which will feature a special limited-edition NYC Condom designed by a local artist.

Hundreds entered this contest but only five were chosen to be finalists. Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner, expressed his gratitude towards the numerous "creative New Yorkers who participated," adding "we still face an epidemic of HIV/AIDS and high rates of other sexually transmitted diseases. When used correctly and consistently, condoms can prevent these infections as well as unintended pregnancies. Involving New Yorkers in this issue is one way we are reminding those who are sexually active to use condoms whenever they have sex.”

Therefore my fellow New Yorkers and allies, you have until 11:59PM Sunday, February 28th, to cast your vote.

Cast your vote now by visiting the Health Departments website or click here.

About the NYC condom:
The NYC Condom is a lubricated Lifestyles male condom – the same one sold in stores – but has its own distinctive wrapper, and it’s free. Any NYC-based organization, public or private, can order them at Individual New Yorkers can find them in bars, clubs, restaurants, gyms and coffee houses, as well as clinics and community centers. The original 2007 design, based on a New York City subway motif, got a 2008 makeover at the hand of designer Yves Behar, who also created a sleek dispenser. The winning design from this contest won’t replace Behar’s, but it will appear on several million NYC Condom packages, beginning next fall, and may be featured in future condom promotions.

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