The Crucible

The $2 Project

By: Cecilia Stelzer and Cass Ford
Art by Caitlin Wilson

What is the most precious item you can buy for $2? Your sexual safety is one thing. Many students across college campuses do not use condoms, believing them to be too costly. Three condoms, however, cost only $2, and protect you (and your partner) from unwanted pregnancy or perhaps exchanging sexually transmitted diseases. One of the most epidemic of STDs it protects you from is HIV/AIDS, for which there is no cure.

            The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that in 2007, there were 599,819 people living with HIV. Another 470,902 people were living with AIDS. For HIV, there are roughly 42,439 new diagnoses each year, and 37,991 new cases of AIDS.[1] You can prevent yourself from becoming one of these numbers by using a condom when engaging in sexual relations and getting yourself tested on a regular basis.

            African-Americans account for the largest proportion of people living with AIDS today. However, just because you do not fall into an “at-risk” demographic group does not mean you shouldn’t take precautions when engaging in sexual intimacies with others, regardless of race or gender. As the use of condoms rises, the percentage of people contracting HIV/AIDS each year decreases.

            For a mere $2, you can protect yourself and others from the spread of this deadly disease, among many others—some curable, some not. Although going out of your way to be sexually responsible may be a slight inconvenience, it is one well worth it. It may be the thing that saves your life.

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What Else Can You Buy for $2?

Vaseline Lip Therapy Cherry Skin Protectant- $1.85 at McCracken Market

Goody Lexy Barrettes- $1.89 at McCracken Market

Dawn Ultra Concentrated Dishwashing Liquid (10.3 FL OZ)- $1.89 at McCracken Market

Glade Lilac Spring Spray (9 OZ)- $1.89 at McCracken Market

Del Monte Whole Kernel Corn (15.5 OZ)- $1.89 at Spring Street Market

Chef Boyardee Ravioli in Tomato and Meat Sauce (7.5 OZ)- $1.89 at Spring Street Market

French’s Classic Yellow Mustard- $1.89 at Spring Street Market

Sweet N’ Low Zero Calorie Sweetener Box- $1.98 at Spring Street Market

Kashi Go Lean Protein and Fiber Bar in Chocolate Peanut- $1.95 at Spring Street Market

Hostess Sno Balls- $1.59 at Spring Street Market
Trojan-enz Lubricated Condoms (pack of 3)- $1.98 at Walmart


[1] AVERT.org. “United States HIV & AIDS Statistics Summary.” 14 July 2010. URL: <http://www.avert.org/usa-statistics.htm&gt;.

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