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Sixth annual condom rating contest under way

STANFORD -- Two thousand condom packets will be distributed in Stanford University's White Plaza during the lunch hour on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and Thursday, Feb. 13, as the sixth annual Great Condom Rating Contest gets under way.

The contest is sponsored by the AIDS Education Project, which seeks to stop the spread of HIV by educating the community about safer sex practices. For the first time, the contest also has a corporate co-sponsor - the Condoms of the Month Club.

The contest packets, which contain a variety of condoms, instructions and information on safer sex, are being given to anyone who requests them. A ballot is enclosed so users can rank the various brands on such criteria as appearance, sensuality/comfort, smell, lubrication, packaging, sense of security and an "overall" rating.

The condoms being rated this year are Kimono (Meyer Laboratories), Saxon Spermicidal (Aladan Corporation), Birds and Bees (RFSU of Sweden), Kiss of Mint (Ansell America Corporation) and Kimono Ultra-Thin (Meyer).

The deadline for returning ballots is March 1, and the results will be announced shortly thereafter.

The Aids Education Project is a volunteer organization funded by the Associated Students of Stanford University. In addition to staging the contest, the group operates Ye Olde Safer Sex Shoppe, where condoms are sold and information is made available.

For more information on the project's activities, telephone (415) 858-2717.



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