to Get Emergency Condom Deliveries
(Reuters) - 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
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.''
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.
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,
''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.''