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World AIDS Day 2011: 100,000 Condoms for South African Clinics

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100,000 condoms have been donated to Virgin Unite in honor of World AIDS Day. The One Brand sells “One” condoms through a number of major UK retailers and supports funding for HIV education and prevention projects. Each sale of “One” condoms goes toward the funding of prevention and education projects in South Africa.

According to Virgin Unite, the sales of One brand condoms have funded 153 HIV testing days and provided support for over 1,000 HIV positive mothers. Virgin Unite is the non-profit sector of Virgin Group that connects people with entrepreneurial ideas to make change happen.

The donation of condoms to Virgin Unite aims to help people in South Africa in the fight against the spread of HIV and AIDS. Virgin Unite plans to distribute the condoms in Bhubezi and Ndlovu Clinics in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.

CEO of Virgin Unite, Jean Oelwang, said of the partnership with The One Brand, “Everyone has the right to basic healthcare. We are very pleased to be working with the One Foundation to distribute their generous donation of over 100,000 condoms to help stop the spread of HIV and AIDS. Thanks also to the wonderful doctors and healthcare professionals working in Bhubezi and Ndlovu clinics in South Africa who have dedicated their lives to keeping people healthy. I’m sure these condoms will be a welcome gift!”

Duncan Goose, speaking on behalf of One Brand, told Virgin, “World Aids Day highlights the continuing issues regarding the education and prevention of the spread of HIV AIDS and we are really pleased to be able to work with Virgin Unite to provide direct help through One products.”

100,000 condoms is a generous donation especially for a population of 500,000 people who have limited access to healthcare. An estimate of 20% of those 500,000 are thought to be HIV positive. The numbers showcase the necessity for HIV/AIDS education and prevention projects. Last year (2010), there were an estimated 34 million people in the world living with HIV. Education, prevention, and awareness projects can bring that number down.

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