Company won't allow safe-sex ad on Ohio billboard


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Plans for a safe-sex ad campaign in central Ohio have hit a snag as one billboard company refuses to accept a spot featuring a shirtless man and an arrow pointing "down there."

A spokesman says the Columbus Public Health department's "Take Care Down There" campaign is targeted at young gay African American men and gay men over 40.

A Clear Channel spokesman says the company feels the ad is inappropriate and specifically objects to the arrow, noting it would be seen by children.

A health department spokesman says staff is seeking out other ad companies to post the billboard.

The $20,000 campaign was launched this month and is funded by federal money aimed at preventing sexually transmitted diseases.

It will also use radio spots, print ads, bar coasters, pocket cards and social media sites.