Hero Condom - A ring for your next engagement


This condom was distributed by the Health Education Resource Organization (HERO) of Baltimore, Maryland during the late 20th century. HERO was established in 1986 as a community-based organization to combat the spread of AIDS. The single foil-wrapped condom is enclosed in a blue cardboard envelope with white text on the cover that reads “A ring or your next engagement.” The upper inside reads “The ultimate token of your love.” Throughout the HIV-AIDS pandemic, condum manufacturers and distributers often used a light tone in their labels in an attempt to persuade people to pick up and use condoms.

The condom is inserted into the cardboard of the envelope. Below the condom, text reads “Use condoms for the love of your life.” The back of the envelope reads Hero/Health Education Resource Organization/945-AIDS/Baltimore Metro/251-1164/DC Metro/1-800-638-6252/Elsewhere in MD/HERO, 101 West Read Street, Suite 812, Baltimore, Maryland, 21201.

Date Made: ca 1987

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Maryland, Baltimore

Associated Subject; Web Subject: Birth Control/ContraceptionHIV-AIDSSexually Transmitted DiseasesSexSubject: LGBTQBirth Control/Contraception


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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1988.0207.01Accession Number: 1988.0207Catalog Number: 1988.0207.01

Object Name: Condomcontraceptive, condom

Measurements: overall: 7.3 cm x 7.3 cm x .3 cm; 2 7/8 in x 2 7/8 in x 1/8 inoverall: 3 in x 3 in x 3/8 in; 7.62 cm x 7.62 cm x .9525 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-11c6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_892359

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