Design the Next NYC Condom Wrapper

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    NEWSLETTERS

    AP
    New York, we've got you covered.

    Always wanted to design a condom wrapper? Well, now's your chance.

    All New Yorkers ages 17 and older now have a chance to put their innovation and artistry to work – to design a condom wrapper that represents the city of New York. While the NYC condom wrapper will retain its classic image, the winning design will grace a special limited-edition package that debuts next fall.

    C'mon, how cool would it be to tell your friends that you designed it? You've got a little more than a month to get your creative juices flowing, but don't wait too long. Entries are due no later than January 22. The first group of finalists will be unveiled some time in February, but keep in mind the city is looking for tasteful designs that capture the distinctive culture of the Big Apple while reinforcing the city's commitment to promoting safe sex.

    The final voting is up to New Yorkers, who will pick their favorite design in an online contest. Aside from the limited-edition display next fall, the winning design may also get some spots in future condom promotions.

    Craving more details? Here they are:

    To submit: Go to nyc.gov/condoms and upload your design or mail it to the address listed on the site                                 
    Deadline: January 22. Only one design per entrant, folks
    More info: Check out the NYC Condom's Facebook page and get condom-related tweets via twitter.com/nyccondom. For complete rules and regulations, or for more information on the contest, visit nyc.gov/condoms.

    The NYC Condom has been around since the early 1970s. It's the same thing as a lubricated Lifestyles condom, but it's free at certain locations and has a much cooler wrapper – one you have the opportunity to make even better.

    "The NYC Condom has helped New Yorkers talk about and practice safer sex," New York City Health Commissioner said in a statement. "We now give away more than 40 million condoms a year – up from 3 million in 2002. We want to keep people excited about the brand, because we know that condoms protect health. Used correctly and consistently, they prevent HIV, sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy. This is every New Yorker’s chance to help convey that message."