Tell D.C., San Francisco and New York: Condoms Aren’t a Crime!
  • Petitioned Adrian Fenty

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Mayor of Washington, D.C.
Adrian Fenty
Mayor of San Francisco
Gavin Newsom
Mayor of New York City
Michael Bloomberg

Tell D.C., San Francisco and New York: Condoms Aren’t a Crime!

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Although condoms themselves aren’t illegal, in New York City, Washington, D.C, and San Francisco possessing condoms has been used as evidence contributing to arrest and prosecution for intent to commit prostitution.

The chilling effect in all three cities is that sex workers are being discouraged from practicing safe sex. Sex workers and others are less likely to use condoms if they know that the police might consider possessing them evidence of intent to commit a crime. 

All three cities have serious problems with HIV/AIDS and should be taking every possible step to encourage safe sex. Stopping the spread of disease, especially HIV/AIDS, should be our top priority, and this backwards policy puts all of us at risk.

Over a thousand people have already sent letters to the mayor of Washington, D.C. and today you can help by sending a letter to all three mayors asking them to tell their police forces to stop considering condoms as evidence of intent to commit any crime and by making public statements declaring that no one should be afraid to practice safe sex in their city.

A strong public statement, in this case, could literally save lives. 

Recent signatures


    1. New York and San Francisco Use Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution

      Thursday, I pointed out that police in D.C., which has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the country, are reported to use possession of condoms as evidence of sex work. (Yeah, they can clearly afford to discourage safe sex techniques.) Turns out, the...


    Reasons for signing

    • Marla Pineda-Aguirre TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      A condom isn't a weapon! Only a gun is! So why should you three cities suspect sex workers for committing prostitution when they're not gonna do anything wrong? Is it what you're looking for? I don't think so. I think you should feel stupid. There's no safe sex as a crime! It's something that will prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. You got that? I hope you're making it clear!

    • Joseph Myatt EVANSVILLE, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      What happened to cops handing out condoms to kids? they did when I was in high school just ten years ago. also you can get free clean needles if your a heroin addict. So what the hell?

      • over 2 years ago

      i do also support street hustling and prostitution of all kinds for all reasons and by all ages!!!!!!!!!

    • Twilla Kos TEXICO, NM
      • over 2 years ago

      The public Health Department in those areas should be concerned and voicing it.

      Contact them PA, NY Ca

    • Artist Erin Miller BELLPORT, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Things just keep getting stupider. Shouldn't safe sex be encouraged since people are going to have sex anyway?


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