Free condoms in Northside!

Schaeper’s Pharmacy, my favorite alternative to chain drug stores (it’s locally-owned), is having their 6th Annual Health Fair until 4 pm today in Cincinnati’s Northside neighborhood (Chase and Hamilton avenues).

Besides health screenings, including vision screenings and body mass index screenings (I don’t wanna know, thank you), they are giving away condoms all afternoon.

The woman working the condom booth said a guy just walked by upset that abstinence-only education funding was being cut.

“It didn’t work,” she told him. “But it is amazing that a little piece of latex can save a life.”

Amen. And thank God for finally some rational, realistic public health policy.

Come on up to Northside and say hello to Rick (his dad Jerry Schaeper started the drug store). He is the guy behind the counter putting pills in the little bottles.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for About.com's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, iRhine.com. He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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