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There are only two places in South Florida you can join a flash mob for free rubbers the day before Valentine’s Day this year.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest AIDS organization and a nonprofit pharmacy that operates in Out of the Closet thrift stores in California, Florida, and Washington D.C., is coming out with “Happy Condom Flash Mobs” to promote safer sex, ease condom access and break the stigma about using them. Events will be held in Oakland Park and Miami.

Anyone interested in joining the Oakland Park mob can meet at 5 p.m. outside the Oakland Park Flea Market.

While International Condom Day is Feb. 13, and the U.S. national Condom Day is on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14), both are part of AHF’s larger sexual health campaign, Condom Nation, according to Jack Carrel, the director of public health for the organization’s southern bureau and condom captain of the South Florida festivities.

Carrel thinks the flash mobs as part of this year’s celebration could help raise more awareness than years past.

“I think the big difference is our effort to expand our reach through flash mobs in high traffic areas hitting areas and populations we might not normally reach,” Carrel said.

Lori Yeghiayan Friedman, AHF’s associate director of communications, agrees with Carrel.

“It’s giving a fun twist to a positive global public health message … it causes such a positive stir wherever we go,” Friedman said.

Earlier this year, the AHF in Wilton Manors celebrated its fifth anniversary, while the national organization released a “Condom Style” parody of the popular South Korean song “Gangnam Style”.


WHEN: Feb. 13, 5 p.m.


- Oakland Park Flea Market, 3161 West Oakland Park Blvd, Oakland Park, FL 33311

- 79th Street Flea Market, 3015 NW 79th Street, Miami, FL 33147


Watch: “Condom Style”