Meet Bernard, an outreach coordinator, who provides information about HIV to youth around the Tampa Bay area. His open mind leads him to work in unconventional places.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outlined the scientific support, considerations, and strategic planning for condom distribution as a structural-level HIV intervention. Distribution programs have been proven to increase condom use and prevent HIV/sexually transmitted infections. They also increase availability, accessibility, and acceptability of condom use.
Youth HIV Facts
To design and implement an effective condom distribution program, organizations are encouraged to:
- Provide condoms free of charge
- Conduct promotion and distribution activities at individual, organizational, and environmental levels
- Implement social marketing campaigns to increase awareness of condom use benefits
- Supplement a condom distribution program with EBIs or health services for individuals at highest risk
- Establish organizational support for condom distribution and promotion activities in traditional and non-traditional venues (e.g., faith-based organizations)
- Conduct community-wide mobilization efforts to support and encourage condom use
- Integrate condom distribution activities within other community-level interventions to promote condom use and other risk-reduction behaviors