February marks 39th Annual national Condom Week Campaign

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(San Francisco, CA) – The 39th Annual National Condom Week (NCW) campaign takes place from February 14 – 21, 2017. The campaign is as an education tool to bring greater awareness to the importance of using condoms in the fight against AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. The timeliness of this campaign is vitally important as the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s (CDC) most recent report, Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 2015, shows STD’s on the rise.

“The use of condoms is a great way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies,” said Fred Mayer, Pharmacist and President of Pharmacists Planning Services, Inc. (PPSI). “In fact, STDs were on a downward trend but over the last two years diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are on the rise. These diseases can be avoided simply by using a condom.”

While condoms can be obtained free through many public health facilities, people are not taking advantage of cost effective means of being safe. And as a result, the 1.5 million cases of chlamydia now represents the highest number of annual cases every reported to the CDC.

According to the Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 2015, report:

  • More than 1.5 million cases of chlamydia in the United States
  • Almost 400,000 cases of gonorrhea, an increase of 13 percent since 2014
  • More than 23,000 cases of syphilis (primary and secondary), an increase of 19 percent since 2014
  • Almost 500 cases of syphilis (congenital), an increase of 6 percent since 2014
  • Young people and gay and bisexual men face the highest number of syphilis infections

“The rise of these, and other sexually transmitted diseases, is completely preventable through the consistent and correct use of latex or polyurethane condoms during sexual intercourse,” stated Mayer. “We must take every step possible to drive this message home.”

National Condom Week was started in 1978 at UC Berkeley by Karen Hughes, MPH and David Mayer in an effort to educate and alert the public.

More information may be obtained by contacting PPSI  email: ppsi@aol.com

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