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A Condon Conundrum

Bali's First Automated Condom Machine Lacks Customers.


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(6/17/2006)

As reported on balidiscovery.com in February 2006 >[Condom Nation!], Bali’s Governor Made Beratha has called for the installation of "ATM Kondom" or automated condom dispensers at various locations at tourist locations across the island to help stem the spread of AIDS/HIV.

After much popular debate among the Balinese on the pros and cons of easier access to prophylactics and a fear that easier access to condoms might encourage sexual activity among under aged teenagers, Bali's first ATM Kondom was finally installed last week.

However, during the first week of its operation there were apparently no takers prepared to deposit Rp. 1,500 (approximately US$ 0.15) into the machine and choose one of the 5 varieties of condom on offer.

Shrinking Violets or a Failure of Libido?

Apparently, the decision by local officials to protect the morals of local youth by installing the machine in the lobby area of the Kuta Community Health Center (Puskesmas Kuta I) on Jalan Blambangan has also managed to discourage any local lads from braving the stares of the Center's many employees to make a condom purchase.

Acknowledging that the installation of the ATM Kondom in the high-visibility Health Center Lobby defeats the purpose of allowing anonymous purchases, a local Kuta community leader, I Made Sujana, has suggested that future machines should be installed in local hotels and villas.


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