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Stephanie Gilbreath

I'll add in another possible contributing factor, based on having worked in a pharmacy for a few years back in high school. Condoms are often associated with a high shoplifting rate. (See www.pharmacytimes.com/articleNewsletter.cfm?ID=4232)
We routinely checked the condom shelf for empty packages--once removed from the box, they are easy to steal. Shoplifting avoids both the embarrassment and the high cost of a condom purchase. Some pharmacies even go so far as to keep them behind the counter or locked doors, causing even more embarassment, or worse, leading a customer to forgo condom use altogether--an obvious public health concern. Ironically, many of these pharmacies also keep pregnancy tests, another shoplifting risk, under lock and key.

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