Sunday, October 05, 2008

Be On the Lookout

Not sure where this truck is headed, but we're pretty confident it's not Querétaro.

MEXICO CITY — Missing in Mexico: One truck carrying 5,000 condoms, 800 HIV tests and a 23-foot inflatable prophylactic.

The coordinator of an HIV/AIDS awareness tour, Polo Gomez, said Wednesday that the "Condomovil" was parked in front of a friend's house in Mexico City when it disappeared Sunday evening. He believes the truck was stolen, but he doesn't know why. Police are still investigating.

The truck should be easy to spot. It features painted images of a peeled banana, the exposed part shaped like a condom, and a shirtless man saying: "I protect myself. Do you?"

Update: Found in the State of Mexico. Thieves left behind the XXXL rubber, but took 5,000 of the smaller ones for themselves. They also "left behind the drag queens' wardrobe," an item somehow missing from the original report.

And from the comments.."But seriously folks -- these guys do a great job, especially with "hard to reach populations" (i.e., the ones the local authorities find icky, like prostitutes and drag queens) -- and are one reason Mexico's HIV/AIDS rate is much lower than the U.S. or Brazil's... Anyone with a few spare pesos might send them along to Colectivo Sol, Cuauhnochtli 11 , Col. Pueblo Quieto, C.P. 14040, Tlalpan, México, D .F."

Definitely.

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But seriously folks -- these guys do a great job, especially with "hard to reach populations" (i.e., the ones the local authorities find icky, like prostitutes and drag queens) -- and are one reason Mexico's HIV/AIDS rate is much lower than the U.S. or Brazil's. Anyway, it's the sound equipment and electronics that are gonna set them back more than they can afford. Anyone with a few spare pesos might send them along to Colectivo Sol, Cuauhnochtli 11 , Col. Pueblo Quieto, C.P. 14040, Tlalpan, México, D .F.