Man dresses up as condom to raise awarness for HIV testing

- A man dressed in a giant condom costume drew the attention — and for at least one person, the ire — of Fayetteville drivers in order to raise awareness about National HIV Testing Day.

The Fayetteville Observer ( ) reports that Art Jackson dressed as a condom mascot named "Mister Safety" and strolled along the sidewalk in front of the Cumberland County Health Department on Monday as he and other volunteers highlighted the need to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy.

At least one driver called to complain that the condom was unfit for Fayetteville streets.

In 2011, Cumberland County had the state's highest levels of gonorrhea and third-highest levels of chlamydia. Health Department nurse Malkia Rayner credits efforts like Monday's display with helping the county improve its STD rates since then.

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