In this photograph taken by AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Condom Nation truck rides in the 21st Annual New Jersey Pride Parade as part of their Condom Nation tour on June 3, 2012 in Asbury Park, NJ. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation launched a "Condom Nation" tour to help promote condom use in an effort to reduce the HIV/AIDS infection rate. The initiative, which also involves free screenings and education sessions, spans 20 states during a six-month nat
(News-Press.com) - The Condom Nation National Tour will stop in Fort Myers today as part of an effort to educate the public on safe sex.
The event is sponsored locally by the Island Coast AIDS Network (ICAN), and will be held at 2972 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. from 3-7 p.m.
An 18-wheel, 72-foot custom-wrapped big rig and matching HIV testing sprinter van have criss-crossed the country, and distributed more than 50,000 condoms in Pensacola, Jacksonville, Orlando and St. Petersburg en route to Fort Myers.
Public outreach near the event site begins at 12 p.m. Free HIV testing will be offered from 3-7 p.m., and free condoms will also be distributed as part of AHF/ICAN's mission to promote safe sex and curb the incidence of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
According to ICAN, there are an estimated 3,000 Southwest Floridians living with HIV/AIDS.
This is the second year for the tour, an initiative from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world's largest HIV/AIDS organization.
ICAN has been serving the Southwest Florida community since 1987 and now as part of AHF it helps to provide vital services and treatment to over 200,000 HIV infected individuals in 22 countries.
For more information, visit http://condom-nation.org/.