Council Installs Condom Machines in Price Center

Condom and dental dam dispensers will be installed in four Price Center East bathrooms as part of an A.S. Council-sponsored sexual health empowerment program.

A.S. Campuswide Senator Elizabeth Elman, along with Campuswide Senator Zoe Seher and University Centers Director Paul Terzino spearheaded the initiative.

Elman said the machines will be installed in Price Center Theater lobby bathrooms in addition to bathrooms on the second floor of Price Center East because those bathrooms have the most student traffic. She will be surveying what kind of change students carry before finalizing the cost, but the minimum cost will be five cents.

The program will cost $2,512.12. About $2,000 will be funded by the Student Services Office and $416.12 from council’s General Initiatives fund allocated for senator projects.

“The only real cost is the condoms and they are pretty cheap,” Elman said.

The initiative, budget and an amendment that makes condom dispensers part of the Office of Student Services Constitution were all approved at the March 30 A.S. meeting. The amendment ensures that these sexual health services will always be available to students.

The dispensers will also have information about sexually transmitted infections and locations for STI counseling.

“It’s important for students to have the information and to know where to get tested,” Elman said. “The Student Health Center no longer has the funds to do this, A.S. can take it upon itself to provide students with this information.”

Though there is no set installation date, Elman said the dispensers will probably be installed before the end of the quarter.

Terzino could not be reached for comment.

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