Parents question 'risqué' DOH safe sex ads
Some parents are concerned about the Department of Health's new safe sex advertisement campaign, calling some of the messages "risqué."
The ads are posted at MTA bus stops in neighborhoods in the Bronx where DOH services are located.
Many of the ads ask questions about sexual status, having a "side piece" or even ask if teens have ever experienced a broken condom.
According to the DOH website, it's a new light-hearted campaign to promote the department's services like HIV and STD testing.
The DOH says its goal is to decrease HIV cases in the city to only 600 a year by 2020.
They say the messages are intended to be non-judgmental, but some parents say it's too much.
"These are extremely offensive, extremely, because at the end of the day employees of the DOH have kids of their own that they have to go home to so they have to sit back and think about these things too," one man says.
"So when I see stuff like this I will quickly put a tablet in my child's hand so they can focus on something else. I'll put a tablet in their hand because I wouldn't want them to sit there and read this," a woman says.
A DOH spokesperson commented by saying, "The Health Department has a long tradition of insightful and attention grabbing advertising - the ads to promote the expanded services available at our Sexual Health Clinics do exactly that. This campaign was designed and thoroughly tested to communicate a positive message about sexual health and convey judgment-free care. Our education campaigns aim at keeping New Yorkers of all ages knowledgeable and healthy, and for that we use persuasive and relatable messaging."
The new signs are posted all around the city.