Who cares if
they're free? Residents in Washington, D.C., say the
condoms being handed out have a serious problem.
As many as 70,000
condoms given away in a citywide campaign to reduce HIV
and AIDS were returned this week by community groups.
Another 100,000 condoms were returned in early
September because of complaints their paper packaging
can be easily damaged and could make the condoms
officials agreed that complaints about the packaging were
damaging to their citywide distribution campaign, but they
have insisted the condoms were safe. They said this
week they will distribute brand-name substitutes.
problems were publicized, the city's condom manufacturer
offered to replace all remaining supplies with Trojan,
Lifestyles and other products found on drugstore
A spokeswoman for
Mayor Adrian Fenty said the nation's capital has
received 125,000 of the new condoms and 400,000 more are
expected in the next two weeks. (AP)