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RIP, NYC Condom?

RIP, NYC Condom?


After its rollout roughly six months ago on Valentine's Day, New York City's subway-themed condom could be destined to be flushed. Health commissioner Thomas Frieden announced in May the possible discontinuation of the condom program: 'If we find launching this brand didn't increase at all safe sex among the groups at highest risk, we may stop it entirely.' Officials plan to track the progress of the program through an annual community health survey, which polls 10,000 city residents by phone. According to the New York Post, the condoms are popular at their distribution sites. The health department says that in February and March alone it distributed 5 million of the free condoms'about two for every man living in the city. But Frieden says it is unclear whether the condoms are reaching target groups, such as men who have sex with men, and the more than 100,000 New Yorkers who are HIV-positive, about 25% of whom do not know they are.

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