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Beating to the Drum of Safe Sex

Friday, February 8, 2008 General News J E 4
NEW YORK, Feb. 7 The American Social Health Association(ASHA) recognizes National Condom Week as February 10-16, 2008, reminding thepublic that safer sex practices have never been more critical. Despitehundreds of millions of tax dollars spent on abstinence-only educationprograms, each year in the United States there are approximately 19 millionnew cases of sexually transmitted infections -- about half of which occuramong youth ages 15-24. (Source: ASHA)

In honor of National Condom Week, Marky Ramone has unveiled a signatureseries of safer sex kits as a means to reach sexually active youth and adultsin a cool, hip way -- getting the message out about safer sex practicesthrough the power of music and pop culture.

Each kit contains two Lifestyles(R) condoms, lubricant, and an STDresource card -- packaged inside a discreet metal tin with Marky Ramone emblemprinted on the front with a tagline that says "Too Tuff To Break". The kit wasproduced in partnership with Minneapolis-based organization Ready two Go.

"The world has lost too many people to STD's of all types and that is whyI joined up with Ready two Go for my signature series of safer sex tins," saysMarky Ramone.

"We knew we needed a strong voice to help us get the message out aboutsafe sex," says Brad Hanson, founder and CEO of Ready two Go. "After we hadthe opportunity to meet with Marky Ramone and truly understand why he wantedto have a safer sex kit, we knew that we all had one common voice -- to spreadthe love and contain STD's."

The product can be found online at readytwogo.net.

ABOUT MARKY RAMONE

Marky Ramone -- the most visible drummer of the Ramones because of his15-year involvement.

In 1978, the Ramones brought drummer Marc Bell on board as Marky Ramone.After recording two hard rock albums with the band Dust, Marky got into thepunk scene in the early 70s. For a short while he played drums for WayneCounty and then Richard Hell & the Voidoids who recorded the "BlankGeneration." In 1978, after two years with the Voidoids, Marky left the bandto join the Ramones. His tenure with the Ramones spanned a total of 15 years.He recorded 10 studio albums and played 1,700 shows. Marky has received theMTV Lifetime Achievement award and has been inducted into the Rock and RollHall of Fame. He is the Executive Producer of "Ramones Raw," the definitiveRamones DVD which has gone Gold in three countries and Billboard Top 5 inmusic DVD sales. He has been a guest character on the Simpsons and stared inthe cult classic Rock and Roll High School. He has also recorded withlegendary producer, Phil Spector, and recorded with Joey Ramone on his soloalbum before he passed away. Marky shows no signs of slowing down, whilecontinuing to tour around the world with his band and as a guest DJ at selectvenues. He currently has a show, "Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg" onSirius Satellite radio.

ABOUT READY TWO GO

Ready two Go, established in 2006, is a mission-based organization builton the single goal of preventing HIV and other STD's. The company developed aline of stylish and discreet safer sex tins and continues to innovate newdesigns to keep up with trendsetters worldwide. Ready two Go makes it easy tobe spontaneous and safe every time. The company's mission is to promote safesex by providing cost-effective tools that are discreet, convenient and fun.The company's executives are available for educational engagements, to speakon the importance of safe sex practices. Ready two Go also supportsorganizations that promote social change through philanthropic efforts. Theproducts are distributed through wholesale accounts, hotels, mass retail,non-profit strategic alliances and on the internet through its website,readytwogo.net.

** PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST **

SOURCE The American Social Health Association


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