Condom Wagon

Condom Wagon

Stockholm, Sweden, June 3, 2004:

A Swedish aid organization will roll out a new line of defense to the country's emergency services next week -- the condom ambulance.

From Friday, June 4, amorous couples can call the telephone number 696969 and a white van featuring a large red condom with wings as a logo will deliver them a packet of 10 prophylactics.

"Now there's an idea we here in America can and should embrace," said Ronatarian Party frontman Ron at a rally at a Planned Parenthood in Rahway, New Jersey. "Why can't our politicians and Health and Human Services Department come up with ideas like that?"

"This is what I'm talking about people -- thinking outside the box. ...Coming up with unique and original solutions to move our nation forward. Helping people with [sex] and CENSORED and maybe even CENSORED."

The ambulances will operate in Stockholm and the southern cities of Malmo and Gothenberg. The service, aimed at young people, will run until June 25 and be available between four in the afternoon and nine at night.

"We need to increase the usage of condoms," said Carl Osvald, marketing manager for the Swedish Organization for Sex Education, the non-governmental organization behind the initiative. "It is 50 percent about pregnancy and 50 percent about sexually transmitted diseases."

A packet of 10 condoms will cost 50 crowns ($6.72), less than they cost on average in the shops.

The incidence of sexually transmitted disease is increasing rapidly in Sweden and not enough young people use condoms, Osvald said.

"We need to change attitudes to condoms," he said. "If we need to get out in to the bedrooms to make things better we will do it."

"I tend to distrust Scandinavians," said Ron. "But I think this is a beautiful idea that would work here in the States."

Posted by Bittle at June 3, 2004 08:44 AM

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