Austin nonprofit sets up online shop for free condoms
This could mean the end to those last-second treks to the drugstore when you’re feeling amorous: AIDS Services of Austin has launched an online store where you can order free condoms and have them shipped to your home.
The virtual condoms-and-lube store is a pilot project for AIDS Services of Austin, which works on HIV/AIDS care and prevention in Central Texas. You can confidentially place an order on the store’s website, www.cdnstore.org, and ASA will send the safer-sex goodies to you, as long as you live in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, or Williamson counties. Shipping is free. The supplies can’t be sent to P.O. boxes.
“Our mission is to make sure that community members in all the counties we serve have the opportunity to practice safe sex and build healthy futures for themselves and their families,” ASA says in an announcement about the store.
Repeat customers are encouraged: One person can order as many as 50 items from the online store every three months. By the way, both male and female condoms are available.
ASA spokesman Taylor Stockett says the nonprofit opened the online store to boost access to safer-sex supplies, particularly for people who are unable to pick up free condoms from one of ASA’s 125 distribution points.
“We hope that barriers such as money, stigma, and transportation will no longer limit people from having access to safer-sex supplies,” Stockett says.
For now, ASA has budgeted about $20,000 for the online store, with the money covering the condoms, lube, shipping, and labor. Stockett says ASA has 160,000 condoms on hand to fulfill orders made through the online store.
“In 2016, we distributed 360,000 condoms through our distribution sites,” Stockett says. “In 2017, we are hoping to increase that number to 500,000 condoms by utilizing the online condom store and distribution sites.”