Utah Governor Stops Distribution of Condoms With Cheeky Slogans

This undated photo provided by the Utah Department of Health shows condoms. The state of Utah is trying something new to fight HIV infections: handing out condoms with cheeky plays on state pride. (Utah Department of Health, via AP)

A statement issued Wednesday evening by the governor’s office said: “The Governor understands the importance of the Utah Department of Health conducting a campaign to educate Utahns about HIV prevention. He does not, however, approve the use of sexual innuendo as part of a taxpayer-funded campaign, and our office has asked the department to rework the campaign’s branding.”

The state had begun distributing the 100,000 condoms earlier this month as part of “The H is for Human” campaign for HIV awareness, which includes a new website, HIVandME.com. HIV, a precursor of AIDS, is less prevalent than it once was in Utah but is not gone; there is one case of HIV diagnosed in the state every three days, or about 120 new infections diagnosed each year, officials said. – The Salt Lake Tribune

Wyoming and Alaska have had similar programs to Utah’s, but have had few if any bunched panties over it. Both states have a “Drill Safely” rubber.

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