D.C., more than 100,000 condoms given away in a citywide
campaign to reduce HIV and AIDS have been returned because
of complaints that their paper packaging can be easily
damaged and could make the condoms ineffective.
A coalition of
nonprofit groups distributing the condoms for the District
of Columbia Department of Health returned them after they
heard complaints and noticed less demand for them.
saying, 'These packages aren't any good,' said Franck
DeRose, executive director of a group called the Condom
told that the paper packets ripped in purses or burst
open in pockets and that expiration dates were illegible.
The condoms are
approved by the Food and Drug Administration, DeRose
said, but higher-end condoms could have been bought without
the city's branding at the same price. The group
returned the condoms June 14.
Gregg Pane, the
city's health director, said Wednesday that the condoms
are safe and effective, denying that the packaging was a
problem. The department will survey the distribution
partners to make sure they are storing and handling
the packages properly, he said.
these through a vendor who followed FDA standards. We have
no credible reports from the manufacturer, the FDA, or
anyone else about performance, safety or quality
issues,'' he told WRC TV.
involved with the group Metro TeenAIDS said they wondered
why the wrappers weren't plastic or foil, like those sold in
the authenticity of the condoms,'' said Adam Tenner, the
group's executive director. ''Distribution of those condoms
has been really difficult.''
department has given out nearly 650,000 condoms since
February through partnerships with 50 organizations.
The free condoms are marked with the slogan ''Coming
Together to Stop HIV in D.C.''
DeRose said his
group is instead buying condoms to give away. (AP)