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OMAHA, NE (KETV/CNN) - A new type of prom formal wear is designed to get teens talking about safe sex.

Going into the community to spread the message "Safe never goes out of style," the Adolescent Health Project debuted a new kind of prom wear at Alliance Barber Shop and Supply.

The wear includes condom bowties and other kinds of attire made out of condoms, and the hope is the teens will share the information with their friends in person and on social media.

The outfits are being placed in barbershops and dress boutiques around Omaha.

That's in addition to the 120 businesses that will be giving out free condoms.

Organizers hope it will lower the county's numbers of teenage pregnancies and STD rates.

“We want to go wherever teens are," said Laura Gainor, executive director of Serve Marketing. "I mean, they're not just going to health clinics. That's probably the place that they are least likely to go to first."

Since 2001, “Douglas County has seen high numbers of one specific disease in teenagers: chlamydia, up 4.8 percent from last year alone.

The county's numbers top state and national averages, according to the Douglas County Health Department.

So it's no coincidence this message comes at the start of prom season.

Dr. Adi Pourl of the Douglas County Health Department addressed the problem.

"Specifically for chlamydia, 66 percent of our cases are in 15 to 24-year-olds," Pourl said, "so that includes the high school community."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that many cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis go undiagnosed and unreported.

The federal health officials estimate that nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in this country, half among young people aged 15-24.

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