Lil' Wayne Lends Support to Strapped Condoms Program

New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne has teamed up with Rap-A-Lot Records CEO James Prince to educate youth on HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).The alliance is part of a newly launched program from Prince's Houston-based company Strapped Condoms.The program's first stage will consist of various ads and public service announcement featuring Lil Wayne.The message of the ads and PSAs is geared toward youth ages 18 to 24 in an effort to helping them identify at risk behavior patterns that contribute to the continuous spread of HIV and STD's."You need to get informed, not infected and don't forget stay strapped baby!," Lil Wayne told in a statement.The Houston Department of Health and Human Services reports that as many as 1 in 40 African Americans in Houston are living with HIV.On a national scale, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that blacks account for about 50 percent of the people who get HIV and AIDS despite making up only 13 percent of the US population.According to Prince, the timing for the Strapped Condoms program couldn't be better as he praised Lil Wayne for his support."In the mist of this crisis where HIV and AIDS is the number one 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!," he said.