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Get a Free Swag Bag for Your NYC Condoms by Calling 311

By Gwynne Hogan | February 12, 2016 5:22pm
 Health Department Commissioner flaunts the department's new #PlaySafe kit.
Health Department Commissioner flaunts the department's new #PlaySafe kit.
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BEDFORD STUYVESANT — This Valentine's Day you can show your honey you care by getting them a free place to hide their condoms.

If you call 311 now, you can find a nearby place to get the city's new #playsafe kit - a tiny black compact where you can stash condoms, medication and a tiny refillable bottle for the lubricant of your choice.

By this weekend find out where to get a #playsafe kit by using the city's condom app.

"It's a little piece of swag that tells a whole story," said Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the assistant commissioner of the Department of Health's bureau of HIV/AIDS prevention and control said, who said a patient of his inspired the kit.

Daskalakis's former patient had re-purposed a small, headphone carrying case headphones into a place he put condoms, lube and his HIV medication, he said.

In December, the Health Department gave out the first #playsafe kits at a house and tiki ball — a dance off and party that feature mostly LGBTQ men of color — thrown on World Aids Day.

The #playsafe kit is another piece a new "sex positive" ad campaign targeting transgender New Yorkers and other at risk populations, encouraging them to use protection and PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis, to decrease chance of catching HIV.