Business Health

Black-Owned Condom Company Reaching Out to Dollar Stores

Kirk Manuel, CEO of Head Strong Condoms, is trying to make condoms available to lower income black communities through the omnipresent dollar store.

“Dollar stores are in low-income neighborhoods, but try finding a condom in one of those stores. They’re not there and it’s a tragedy,” he says in a statement. “You can find liquor, you can find tobacco, but you can’t always find condoms, we need to do a better job educating, and we need to do a better job making condoms available too,”

Manuel, who is African American, started his company after learning HIV-infected adults were knowingly infecting others with the virus and holds a “no excuses” philosophy at his company.

“There is no excuse for not using a condom,” Manuel says. “If you can’t afford condoms, there are places you can get them free.”

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