Clarendon Health Department to Install Condom-Dispensing Machine


The Clarendon Health Department will be observing Safer Sex Week from February 7 -12 and to mark the week, a condom dispensing machine will be installed at the Leiba’s Esso Service Station in May Pen.
At a meeting held at the health department on Friday (Jan. 21) Shelton Maxwell, Health Educator for the parish, informed that the machine was one of four donated to the Southern Regional Health Authority through partnership between the Ministry of Health and Durex Condoms, which was expected to stock the equipment for the first six months. The others will be located in the parishes of Manchester and St. Elizabeth.
“We expect to have this machine launched during Safer Sex week in an effort to promote condom accessibility and use among the people of Clarendon,” Mr. Maxwell said.
Other activities to mark Safer Sex Week will include an outreach programme on Ash Wednesday (February 9) in the Bull Head Mountain community, where condoms will be distributed, while some 2,000 residents are expected to benefit from sessions on how to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
Mr. Maxwell said that emphasis would also be placed on promoting the use of the female condom to coincide with the theme for Safer Sex Week, which is: ‘Women – Sexy, Smart, Safe’. Some 3,000 women will be targeted during the week.
In addition, displays will to be mounted at the Chapelton Library, the Office of the Clarendon Health Department and the Lionel Town Hospital.

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