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Join us as the BSTS interns discuss last years FASD Awareness Day, where they kicked of the condom campaign by passing out condom bookmarks at the Barking Dog Bar in Bethesda, MD. This was to promote awareness of the dangers of prenatal aochol exposure even prior to pregnancy recognition.
If you are planning a pregnancy, avoid alcohol, and if you are drinking alcohol, avoid pregnancy!!
Our Better Safe than Sorry Project effort with Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington in recognition of FASD Awareness Day was a success. Six volunteers distributed condoms at a booth outside The Barking Dog bar in Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday evening (before the party crowd). Our aim was to test the idea as a pilot project, to gather reactions from pedestrians and patrons, and to learn more for future campaign events.
Our display booth with free condoms was visited by a number of pedestrians and bar patrons.
Informational condom cards made a nice display with the U.S. Surgeon General’s warning cards by the bathroom door.
We posted posters behind the bathroom stalls where customers could read over the information in privacy.
Top 10 BSTS Lessons Learned about Condom Distribution:
Female bartenders felt passing a condom with the first drink of the evening would seem like a proposition. Duh! Why didn’t we think of that???
50 and 60-somethings agreed to share the informational condom pocket cards with their 20 and 30-somethings (who were partying elsewhere) – men seemed more open than women.
A scientist from the Environmental Protection Agency now knows that prenatal alcohol exposure affects 2-6% of American children – a bigger problem than environmental chemicals!
Most people thought that the CDC rate of 1 in 8 (13%) underestimated true numbers of college women binge drinking and were shocked that 50% of U.S. pregnancies are unplanned.
When passing a condom to a pedestrian, do so discretely (i.e., whisper, don’t shout – “Use a condom if you drink alcohol!”).
Pass it on – Contracept if you drink alcohol to prevent FASD!!!!
In recognition of FASD Awareness Day, on September 6th, the Better Safe than Sorry Project Team will be at the Barking Dog pub in Bethesda, MD distributing 999 condoms and informational materials about FASD.
The condoms were donated by the Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. For each first drink of the evening purchased, patrons of the bar will receive a condom with a bookmark cover to promote contraception for alcohol consumers. BSTS project volunteers will provide information and a brief discussion about FASD for those who express interest in learning more.
Our project concept was developed by our interns after the idea was suggested during one of our summer talk show segments. From a primary prevention perspective, It’s a little further “upstream” approach than the pregnancy test kits in bars – another extraordinarily innovative project implemented in Minnesota and Alaska.
STOP our social drug of choice from affecting 2-6% of school aged children with preventable brain damage. Just like HIV/AIDS & STD prevention, help spread the word to “contracept if you use alcohol!”