Youth groups snap up 10 cent condoms

10th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — A new foundation announced on Wednesday that it has received 40,000 orders within a week for its brand of cheap condoms. "It sounds arrogant, but we had expected this," a spokesperson for the Dutch group said.

10 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — A new foundation announced on Wednesday that it has received 40,000 orders within a week for its brand of cheap condoms. "It sounds arrogant, but we had expected this," a spokesperson for the Dutch group said.

The Jippy foundation, based in  in Dordrecht, was set up recently to sell cheap condoms to youth groups, youth information points (known as JIPs in Dutch) and health boards in the Netherlands. The 10 cent condoms are not sold directly to the public. "We don't have any commercial intentions. Our one goal is to get teenagers to use condoms and thereby prevent unsafe sex," the spokesperson said.

He said commercial condoms are too expensive for many young people. "They cost 50 cents to one euro a piece. Teenagers buy 10 Jippy condoms for one euro in a youth centre. Everyone has one euro."

The foundation hopes the initiative will also encourage more teenagers to visit JIPs and other youth centres.

Jippy said it has received reactions from Durex and other condom companies. "But they weren't negative, you know. They wished us luck," the spokesman said. Four people have their hands full at the moment taking orders for the Jippy condoms.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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