His ‘brief’ message to men: take care of your sexual health
(PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER) Standing amid stacks of boxes of condoms, Scott Petinga made his pitch to about 50 advertising and public relations professionals gathered in a restaurant meeting room.
His message: Men, especially young men, need to take care of their sexual health.
The entrepreneur and philanthropist wasn’t trying to sell the boxes of his company’s prophylactics brand, Rouse.
He gave away 50,000 of the condoms to the South Jersey AIDS Alliance.
Georgett Watson, chief operations officer of the alliance, called Petinga’s donation “very generous.”
That number of condoms, she said, was about a three-month supply for her organization, which distributes them, along with information about AIDS prevention, to communities and college campuses in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland Counties.
“Instead of buying condoms to distribute, it’s money that we can put into other areas,” Watson said.
Underwear sales support health initiatives for men
Petinga, 45, is a survivor of testicular cancer, and each box of Rouse condoms and package of his company’s Pariah men’s underwear comes with a message about early detection and treatment of that cancer. Part of the sales proceeds will go to health initiatives for men.
The American Cancer Society projects that in the United States, 8,850 cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed in 2017.
The incidence of this cancer has been increasing worldwide for decades, it says, though experts have not been able to pinpoint reasons for the increase.
Testicular cancer is not the most lethal, with about 410 deaths annually in the United States and a 90 percent cure rate, according to the cancer society. But as with breast cancer, early detection may be a key to survival.
Petinga said men should make monthly self-examinations of their testicles — as women are urged to make monthly self-examinations of their breasts.
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