HopeHealth Recognizes National Condom Day
HopeHealth will recognize National Condom Day, Feb. 14, at HopeHealth in Florence, Aiken, and Orangeburg. The day is observed to raise awareness about HopeHealth’s free HIV/HCV (hepatitis C) testing days and the importance of the proper use of condoms.
- In Florence, prevention and outreach staff will distribute free condoms and candy. Testing at the Medical Plaza in Florence is available Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – noon.
- In Aiken and Orangeburg, free condom distribution and testing is available Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. – noon.
Free 20-minute rapid testing is available at HopeHealth during testing hours.
In addition to preventing unplanned pregnancies, the consistent and correct use of condoms reduces the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. National Condom Day aims to increase awareness of condom use, consent, pleasure, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) testing, as one-in-seven of those infected with HIV nationwide doesn’t know it, and many STIs are often unrecognized.
The proper use of condoms:
- Use a new condom for every act of vaginal, anal, and oral sex- throughout the entire sex act (start to finish)
- Do not store condoms in wallets. Heat and friction can damage them. Condoms should be stored in a cool, dry place
- Any condom is 100% more effective than no condom
- Condoms are free at most local clinics and health facilities
- Being able to talk with your partner about condom use is just important as proper condom usage skills
HopeHealth is one of 23 nonprofit, federally qualified health centers in South Carolina. We provide quality and affordable health care services to individuals in Florence, Clarendon, and Williamsburg Counties and infectious diseases services in Aiken, Clarendon, Florence, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg Counties. To become a patient, call 843-667-9414 or visit hope-health.org.