City of Long Beach to Increase Access to Sexual Health Resources
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~ The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has launched a new condom distribution program to promote sexual health and reduce HIV/STI infections. The program, which is funded by the California Department of Public Health, aims to increase the availability, accessibility and acceptability of condoms.

Mayor Rex Richardson said, "Let's prioritize the safety and health of our community by practicing safer sex. This program aims to promote widespread condom use among sexually active individuals and raise awareness about sexually transmitted diseases."

The program offers internal or external condoms, lubricants and information on how to properly use condoms, as well as free STI testing resources. Interested individuals and organizations can fill out an order form with their desired amount and product for free pickup at the Main Health building (2525 Grand Ave.).

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City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis said, "The Health Department wants to remove financial and social barriers associated with access to sexual health care, and this condom distribution program, along with access to education and sexual health resources, is an important component in our effort to decrease HIV/STIs and unintended pregnancies."

In addition to promoting the use of condoms, PrEP and PEP are provided by the Health Department to individuals at risk for acquiring HIV. Anyone interested in learning more about PrEP/PEP should call or text the department's PrEP/PEP navigator Luciano Dumonde at 562.964.5369. For more information on the condom distribution program people may visit or follow @lbhealthdept on social media. The program will continue through June 2024 in alignment with Goal 1 of the HIV/STD Strategy which calls for expansion of access to condoms in order to reduce new HIV and STD infections.

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