PRESS RELEASE – United and Strong has donated almost 6,000 condoms to help keep Saint Lucian revellers safe this carnival season.
Five carnival bands this week received commodities to include in costume packages for their members.
Thousands of revellers will take to the street next week for Saint Lucia’s biggest annual cultural event, known for heavy partying
during the season, culminating in serious revelling on carnival Monday and Tuesday. These conditions increase the risk for
unprotected sex leading to pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
“United and Strong expects the ready availability of condoms as part of carnival paraphernalia will heighten awareness of the
risks of unprotected sex and encourage safer sex practices,” says Executive Director Kenita Placide.
The bands supplied are Just 4 Fun, Royalities Xtreme, Legends Carnival Band, Red Unlimited and Saint Lucia Spirits.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and the Caribbean HIV AIDS Alliance (CHAA) are the main suppliers of condoms to
United and Strong. AHF this year donated over 20,000 safe-sex commodities to U&S.
Although very focused on human rights work, United and Strong’s is grounded in prevention of HIV/AIDS and elimination of
stigma and discrimination of marginalised groups.
United and Strong supplies safer sex information, male and female condoms, lubricants and dental dams directly to individuals and to business places for distribution to their customers. The organisation also provides counselling and safer sex demonstrations to the public.