Spicy slogans stop Utah's condom distribution plan

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January 17, 2020: Utah health officials were busy with an HIV prevention effort when Governor Gary Herbert stopped distributing 100,000 condoms due to quick messages.

The Utah Department of Health earlier this month began distributing condoms with suggestive slogans and teenage humor to promote safe sex.

A condom cover, for example, spelled "SL UT" using two-letter abbreviations for the state of Utah and its capital, Salt Lake City. Another had an image of a mountain and the slogan "Enjoy Your Mountin". Another one showed an image of a bed with the motto "This is the place".

Herbert's office said in a statement: "The governor understands the importance of the Utah Department of Health conducting a campaign to educate Utahns about HIV prevention."

"However, it does not approve the use of sexual advances as part of a taxpayer-funded campaign, and our office has asked the department to rework the campaign brand," the statement said.

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