NATIONAL CONDOM WEEK
No glove, no love! National Condom Week is the same week as Valentine’s Day in the USA. The observance raises awareness about the condom’s use and its importance to safe sex.
In fact, the entire month of February is National Condom Month. Originally started on the campus of the University of California – Berkeley, it has grown into an educational event for high schools, colleges, AIDS groups, sexually transmitted disease awareness groups, pharmacies, and condom manufacturers.
The use of condoms has been documented in science and history since the Renaissance. However, it wasn’t until the development of vulcanized rubber in 1839 by Charles Goodyear that the condom became reliable to prevent disease and pregnancy.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCondomWeek
Say the Danish word for condom ten times fast. Svangerskabsforebyggendemiddel.
Watch a movie or documentary about HIV/AIDS to understand the benefits of condoms. Some popular suggestions: Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Philadelphia(1993).
Organize an event or attend one near you. Use #NationalCondomWeek to share on social media.
NATIONAL CONDOM WEEK HISTORY
Students at the University of California-Berkeley started National Condom Week in 1978, and it has since grown into a national educational and awareness event on campuses, schools, family planning, AIDS and STD organizations, and pharmacies.