OK, I know that 3% of DC has HIV (regrettably, the wrong 3%). I know the little bastards (predominantly literally) are going to do it anyway, and that they won’t pony up for condoms when there is crack to be bought. I know the public health arguments for this program. I don’t care. The government should not be subsidizing promiscuity. I have a major problem with the demand of the Church that secular authorities enforce “morality” (that generally being sexual, as opposed to “thou shalt not steal”, which some bishops think is a perfectly valid means of applying “charity”.). But I think we can agree that government shouldn’t be in the business of spending Other People’s Money to promote IMmorality, yes?
Worse, they’ve bought the marketing, and they have to have Trojans. And big ones too. So they’re getting them.
The number of free condoms that the District dispenses has been steadily increasing. The health department distributed 3.2 million last year, including about 15,000 in schools. The city, which has 600,000 residents, is on pace to hand out more than 4 million condoms this year, having distributed about 2.5 million so far. The program cost about $165,000 last year. The Durex condoms cost the city 5.7 cents each, but the Trojans will cost 6 cents to 9 cents each (depending on size).
It’s not like they’re distributing Brand X White Label from the far reaches of China. They’ve passed the tests. Back when I was using them, I was certainly sensitive to price. People who can’t afford condoms can’t afford the consequences when they leak, which is possible with any condom.
When the guy who handles AoSHQ’s queer beat gets his mind boggled, you know it’s mindboggling.