United and Strong has donated almost six thousand (6,000) condoms to help keep Saint Lucian revelers safe this carnival season. Five carnival bands this week received commodities to include in costume packages for their members.
Thousands of revelers will take to the street next week for Saint Lucia’s biggest annual cultural event, known for heavy partying during the season, culminating in serious revelling on carnival Monday and Tuesday (July 21 and 22). These conditions increase the risk for unprotected sex leading to unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
“United and Strong expects the ready availability of condoms as part of carnival paraphernalia will heighten awareness of the risks of unprotected sex and encourage safer sex practices,” says Executive Director Kenita Placide. The bands supplied are Just 4 Fun, Royalities Xtreme, Legends Carnival Band, Red Unlimited and Saint Lucia Spirits.
Although very focused on human rights work, United and Strong’s is grounded in prevention of HIV/AIDS and elimination of stigma and discrimination of marginalized groups. United and Strong supplies safer sex information, male and female condoms, lubricants and dental dams directly to individuals and to business places for distribution to their customers. The organisation also provides counseling and safer sex demonstrations to the public.