AIDS Healthcare Foundation has erected an anti-Zika double billboard along Interstate 95 near Wynwood featuring a mosquito and two condoms.
“Prevents Zika Transmission” and “Why Worry?” read the billboards, which have gone up on I-95, three-tenths of a mile north of Interstate 395 in Miami.
Los Angeles-based AHF put up similar billboards a few weeks ago in Broward County — and then accused Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau of ordering it to be taken down. Both Seiler and Stacy Ritter, president of the tourism bureau, denied they had anything to do with removing the billboard.
The new double billboard features the image of an unfurled condom on each side and the words “Prevents Zika Transmission” and “Why Worry?” superimposed over the images of two large condoms. A giant mosquito is perched at the top of the billboards, according to AHF.
Local transmission of the virus by mosquito has been traced to two areas in Miami-Dade County: Wynwood and Miami Beach. The virus can also be transmitted sexually.