The U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, helps fight AIDS by distributing tens of millions of condoms worldwide. The initiative hasn’t just helped to save lives—-it’s also supported the jobs of hundreds of U.S. condom-makers. But the AIDS-fighting, job-creating super match-up couldn’t last: The U.S. government is now switching its condom source to lower-cost rubbers produced China and other countries. Some say the change is “expected to cost 300 American jobs.” The change, however, will save three cents on each condom: American condoms run a pricey five-cents-a-pop, whereas Chinese prophelactics go for a cool two cents.

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