The Condom Co-op is a program of the Northern AIDS Connection Society to enhance and improve the accessability of free condoms in the northern region (Colchester-East Hants, Cumberland and Pictou Counties). NACS purchases condoms in bulk and sells them at cost to partnering agencies. Various agencies have their own account and work together with Northern AIDS in the free and accessible distribution of condoms and dental dams.
Partnering agencies taking advantage of this great opportunity are –
John Howard Restorative Justice for Youth
Nova Scotia Community College – Truro Campus
Slate Rock Youth
Central Nova Women’s Centre
Other agencies who offer access to condoms in northern Nova Scotia:
Dalhousie Agricultural College Health Services
Colchester Sexual Assault Centre
School Teen Health Centres throughout northern Nova Scotia
Pictou County Centre for Sexual Health
Cumberland County for Sexual Health
Public Health Offices in northern Nova Scotia
The concept of a condom co-op was developed due the lack of availability of free condoms for youth. One way NACS encourages partners to get involved is to form a walk team for the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life where each team receives 50% back…this money can be then used to purchase condoms at cost through the program. NACS supports healthy decision making and heathy communities.