D.C. to begin using more-expensive Trojan condoms in HIV prevention program
High school students [!] and college-age adults have been complaining to District officials that the free condoms the city has been offering are not of good enough quality and are too small [really? REALLY??!!!] and that getting them from school nurses is "just like asking grandma or auntie."[try BUYING them!]
So D.C. officials have decided to stock up on Trojan condoms, including the company's super-size Magnum variety[yep, every teenage boy needs those!], and they have begun to authorize teachers or counselors, preferably male, to distribute condoms to students if the teachers complete a 30-minute online training course called "WrapMC" -- for Master of Condoms.[gotta make it hip for the youngins!]
Health officials and consumer advocates say that in terms of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, there's no difference between Trojans and the less-expensive Durex condoms that the city is offering.
But because Trojans are considered the better-known brand, city officials say, they are willing to spend an extra few thousand dollars a year [money-shmoney] to try to persuade sexually active teenagers to practice safer sex. The Durex condoms will still be offered.
"We thought making condoms available was a good thing, but we never asked the kids what they wanted," [ever ask the kids if they didn't want the pressure to have sex that free condoms bring? ever ask if they wanted to be told it's ok to NOT have sex?] said D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large), chairman of the health committee.
" . . . to try to destigmatize condom use, not only for kids[!!!], but for grown-ups." [kids should not be having sex!!!]
"The gold package certainly has a little bit of the bling quality," said Michael Kharfen, a spokesman for the city's HIV/AIDS administration.