Condoms in trees sur­prise park of­fi­cials B

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austin, texas» Austin health depart­ment work­ers hung bags of condoms and in­for­ma­tion about safe sex from trees at a park — with­out in­form­ing their bosses or the lo­cal parks depart­ment, ac­cord­ing to a news­pa­per report.

The bags in Wal­nut Creek Park, which has been pointed to as a place of HIV trans­mis­sion par­tic­u­larly among gay men, were taken down Thurs­day, the Austin Amer­i­can States­man re­ported. Park of­fi­cials thought they were lit­ter, not part of a city ini­tia­tive.

Austin Pub­lic Health Direc­tor Shan­non Jones said staff mem­bers put the un­known num­ber of bags con­tain­ing condoms, lube and safe sex in­for­ma­tion in the park last month and re­plen­ished them Wed­nes­day. He told news­pa­per that there is a de­part­men­tal vet­ting process for such ini­tia­tives and “we have re­minded our staff of that.”

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