Last Friday afternoon several of my friends from the gay employee group and I spent a couple hours helping out at the the Minnesota AIDS Project. It was a great experience, and I definitely plan to go back again.
After an informative and interesting tour of the facilty, our pleasant volunteer coordinator put us to work assembling safe sex kits. Each little ziplock baggie got four condoms, a packet of lube, and a fact sheet on lowering risking of HIV infection.
I honestly don't think I'd ever seen so many condoms before. It was quite informative. For example, since I'm not really a connoisseur of condoms, I had been unaware that there was a a self-proclaimed "Official Hip-Hop Condom."
Yes, roll on a Rottweiler, boys, and you are the height of urban contemporary sexual fashion. (Somehow I find the combination of snarling dogs and willies off-putting, but maybe that's just me.)
We had literally a dozen types of condoms to choose from as we assembled our kits, and I enjoyed making fun combo-packs, e.g. a Rottweiler, a Lifestyles Kiss of Mint, a snug-fit, and a Dual-Pleasure with extra room at the tip.
Since I had no way of knowing the girth or favorite flavors of the people would be receiving these care packages, I thought it wise to cover my bases.
Apart from some seriously slippery fingers (some of the lubricated condoms' packets in the heaps we worked through had leaked onto their neighbors) it was a really pleasant experience. I plan to go back with Darren and some friends to volunteer again sometime soon. It's a great cause, and I can always use help fighting dry winter skin.