International Condom Day Is Coming Up!

February 14th Marks International Condom Day

Most of us are aware that February 14th is Valentine’s Day. With the explosion of pink and red and the mélange of heart-shaped items at every store in the country, how could we not?  However, when we pick up that box of chocolates there is another box we should perhaps consider to purchase.

International Condom Day seeks to promote the use of condoms as a means of preventing unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s).  It is an informal observance celebrated in conjunction with Valentine’s Day.  The holiday is also promoted by the AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation) in an effort to reduce the spread of HIV thru safe sex practices.

  • According to the CDC, 1 in 20 Americans will get infected with hepatitis B (HBV) sometime during their lives.  Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than HIV.
  • There are more than 19.7 million new Sexually Transmitted Infections in the U.S. each year. (Source: CDC)
  • By twelfth grade, 65% of high school students will have engaged in sexual intercourse, and one in five sexually active teens will have had four or more sexual partners.
  • The use of condoms make for the only proven method for reducing the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) during sex.
  • 5 billion condoms are used every year, worldwide.

So when you grab your sweetheart a Valentine’s Day card, grab a box of condoms as well. Or—as the Danish would call it—a box of svangerskabsforebyggende. Even if you use this long word to label these contraceptives, the short story is that they can protect us from a lifetime of disease.

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