Strapped Condoms recently launched a program with the intention to educate youth in identifying at risk behavior patterns that contribute to the continuous spread of HIV and STDs.
Rapper Lil Wayne has stepped up to the plate to further the cause the company, founded by Rap-A-Lot founder J. Prince, wants to spread.
Via a campaign they are calling Strapped 4 Life, the condom company will launch a series of ads-PSAs with Lil Wayne as the main spokesperson.
“You need to get informed, not infected and don’t forget stay Strapped baby,” exclaimed Lil Wayne.
The message is targeted towards youth between the ages of 18 to 24. According to the company, the Houston Department of Health & Human Services reports that as many as 1 in 40 African Americans in Houston are living with HIV. On a national scale, Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that even though blacks account for only 13% of the U.S. population they account for about 50% of the people who get HIV and AIDS. For African Americans AIDS is a leading cause of death.
“In the mist of this crisis where HIV and AIDS is the #1 killer where our race of people is concerned, I salute Lil Wayne as an authority figure for taking a stand to inform our people to use Strapped Condoms and to Stay Strapped for Life,” said J. Prince.
The Houston based Strapped Condoms was created by J. Prince back in 2005. According to their website, their condoms are made from the finest quality of natural rubber latex.
For more information about the Strapped 4 Life campaign and their condoms, visit StrappedCondoms.com.
In other Weezy news, the rapper recently spoke to MTV about his recent Arizona arrest, and while he did not get into too much detail over specifics, he did say that he blames himself for what happened.
“If [the police] would have stopped [the bus] that night, and I had everything under control, it wouldn’t have been nothing,” he told MTV. “I was irresponsible at that time. F*** up on my part. No ifs, ands, buts about it. I don’t blame nobody but myself. I can’t blame nobody for not taking my charge. … This is my bus.”
According to Wayne, following the arrest, he received tons of phone calls from everybody — family, friends and his peers. One thing everyone told him was that he had to slow down. His response was that no one knows what happened, so don’t judge him.
“I’m getting calls all that day from everybody — my parents, my family, friends, people who don’t know me, just judging me. … Don’t tell what I need to do. Look where I’m at. Look where you at. Look at your life.
“Let me die how I’m gonna die,” Wayne continued. “Let me live how I’mma live. You got something against it, then turn away. That’s how I felt then; that’s how I feel now. I ain’t having nothing else. I love what I do, and I’m me. … [God] loves me. I got a 9-year-old that loves the f*** outta me. That’s all that matters. … Every time I think about it, it pisses me off. They kill me with judging me.”