More than 50 per cent of Australian adults believe that condoms cost more than they should, according to a new survey by the Australia Institute.
The survey, released on Wednesday, found that Australians are more likely to say they are satisfied with the price of their condoms than they are with the effectiveness of the product.
“I’m a little disappointed by the survey results,” said the Institute’s vice president for research, Professor Michael Paternoster.
“It shows the need for more research into how people use condoms, how they feel about condoms and how the cost of condoms is.”
He said the findings are not surprising given that most people are unaware of how much condoms cost.
The Institute commissioned the survey after the Australian Federal Government announced a new national strategy for the use of condoms.
The strategy includes a new $2,000 condom tax for people who have used at least 10 condoms during a given month, a new cap on condom prices and increased funding for condoms research.
It was also announced that people would be able to purchase condoms from vending machines at pharmacies, health centres and the ABC.