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Elizabeth Boskey, Ph.D.

You Drive Me Crazy

By February 25, 2013

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In the realm of weird but wonderful STD prevention ideas, I've just read about one that may take the cake. A vending machine company is talking about putting condom dispensers in NYC taxi cabs. No more would drunken hookups require a trip to the bodega or drugstore on the way home. Instead, couples could simply grab a cab and pay for a condom with their taxi fare.

I have to admit, I love this idea. Although not every hookup begins with a cab ride, sharing a cab home is a common enough coupling tactic, that I think making condoms accessible during the ride could actually make it easier for people to not only choose safe sex but talk about it. Mind you, I'm not sure how thrilled cabbies would be about the idea. They're not a group known for excitedly embracing new technologies, and many drivers come from relatively conservative cultures and religions that might not support the use of condoms - let alone their sale.

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