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Health politician calls for free Berlin condoms

Hannah Cleaver · 25 May 2011, 13:47

Published: 25 May 2011 13:47 GMT+02:00

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Thomas Isenberg, health affairs spokesman for the centre-left Social Democrats in the city-state's parliament, told The Local this week he wanted to see free condoms available in the German capital as soon possible.

“We are always looking for new ways to get the safe sex message out effectively, and they have been doing this very successfully in New York City, so we hope to do it too,” he said.

New York’s health authorities give away branded NYC condoms, and this February even launched a smartphone application to find the nearest place offering them.

Isenberg said he hoped to get the idea adopted in Berlin soon. “We have a number of large and mid-sized healthcare companies based in the city who might find it an interesting prospect to sponsor the condoms.”

“Berlin is a creative place, there are all sorts of possibilities. They could then be made available in hotels, clubs, bars, cafes, all sorts of places.”

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The idea needs to be adopted by the state parliament's health promotion committee before being handed over to advertising agency Berlin Partner, which developed the ‘Be Berlin’ campaign.

The distribution of free condoms would certainly fit with Mayor Klaus Wowereit’s now famous description of Berlin as being arm, aber sexy – poor but sexy, that is.

Hannah Cleaver (hannah.cleaver@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

15:32 May 25, 2011 by dj000
Is it a call for F*** around or for birth control?
16:04 May 25, 2011 by steve_glienicke
they should hope it is not for birth control, population is sinking faster than the bismark as it is :-)
16:33 May 25, 2011 by auniquecorn
I think the insurance company Hamburg-Mannheimer comes to mind as a good sponser.

83,000 € would of bought alot of gummi.
16:58 May 25, 2011 by ame64
Why only in Berlin?

"Poor, but Sexy...Especially with rubber". is that the new Berlin motto?
17:07 May 25, 2011 by Kayak
Is there a condom DIN and how does it compare to ISO?
17:27 May 25, 2011 by heathen
cover ur stump b4 u hump
19:45 May 25, 2011 by TFGumby
I misread that as "once a willie sponsor is found"

I'll get me coat......
16:26 May 27, 2011 by Yousufzai
And what about giving Free baby Dolls as well......!! Is there any other city in Deutschland which can compete Berlin on this front?
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