AIDS awareness at Southern University


POSTED: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 4:37pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 5:57pm

A national campaign takes a unique approach to raising AIDS awareness. The Condom Nation truck rolled onto Southern University campus Wednesday, March 28.

It's part of a six-month tour across the country to spread the word about practicing safe sex. Representatives offered free condoms and HIV tests for several hours.

Baton Rouge is currently number one in the country in HIV cases. The goal of Wednesday's event was to lower that number.

"I was talking to a young man yesterday who says condoms, three in a pack, is eight dollars," says Joyce Keller, found of Aspirations. "We know that if a student has a choice  between condoms and a Coke, they'll buy the Coke."

"We're trying to get back into the community the most basic prevention," says James Vellequette, the associate director of the Condom Nation Tour. "The most basic prevention is condoms."

The tour began in Los Angeles back in February. Condom Nation plans to spend time in 25 states in six months.

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