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New NYC Condoms to be Unveiled on Halloween

By Ben Fractenberg | October 29, 2010 3:57pm
Luis Acosta's power symbol design won the 2010 NYC condom logo context.
Luis Acosta's power symbol design won the 2010 NYC condom logo context.
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New York City Department of Health

By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

GREENWICH VILLAGE — Amidst the scandalous costumes there will be one more thing turning on New Yorkers this Halloween — the NYC Condom is debuting its new "power button" logo at the Village Halloween Parade on Sunday.

The 15,000 new condoms, which feature the computer power button symbol, will be handed out at the parade from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

"The NYC Condom program is doing all of New York City a great service, and I’m very excited to be a part of it," said condom wrapper designer Luis Acosta in a statement. "If you’re having sex, take control and have safer sex — NYC Condoms are available and they’re free."

A Health Department street team will also be giving away the condoms at 125th Street and Lexington Avenue on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Starting mid-November, New Yorkers can get them in places including local bars, restaurants and community organizations throughout the city.

"Despite gains made in condom awareness, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases continue to spread at high rates in the city," said Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner.

"We hope this unique new package design will remind New Yorkers of their own power to take control of their sexual health and protect themselves."