Ivan Rodriguez working with Trojan on Zika prevention awareness
Former Major League Baseball great Ivan Rodriguez is teaming up with a condom company to raise awareness about preventing the transmission of the Zika virus in his native Puerto Rico, according to a Dallas Morning News report.
Rodriguez reportedly was “shocked” to hear about the potential spread of the virus in Puerto Rico, where it is estimated that 25 percent of the population could be impacted by the virus within the next 12 months.
To do his part, Rodriguez has partnered with Church & Dwight Co., makers of Trojan condoms, and the National Coalition of STD Directors. His role in the awareness initiative will include a radio spot that will air in Puerto Rico that suggest the use of condoms to help prevent proliferation of the virus that is spread by mosquitoes and can be transmitted through sexual activity.
The condoms will be distributed in Zika prevention kits not only in Puerto Rico but other high-risk areas like the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa, among other locations.
Zika obviously has become a hot-button topic in the sports world due to the worries expressed by many athletes about competing in the Olympics in Rio, where the risk of contracting the virus has become an increasingly worrying concern, which is one of myriad other issues plaguing the Games.
Rodriguez, one of the finest defensive catchers ever to play the game, played 21 MLB seasons with the Texas Rangers (in two stints), Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.