Reusing Condoms in Rural Kenya

Once again my First World Problems are brought into perspective.

The word is out that condoms protect against sexually-transmitted HIV. Unfortunately, the condoms aren’t out there. Demand is far outweighing supply in Kenya, as reported by PlusNewsGlobal.

Local TV channels recently showed images of men in Isiolo, in rural northern Kenya, washing condoms and hanging them out to dry; the men said the price of condoms meant they could not afford to use them just once. Other men in the village said when they had no access to condoms, they used polythene bags and even cloth rags when having sex.

Male condoms are intended for single use; washing and re-using them weakens the latex, increasing the chances of breakage and in turn, the risk of unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Washing condoms in dirty water may also carry additional disease risk.

Condoms are free at government health centres, but in rural Kenya these are few and far between and supplies unreliable.

People want to have safer sex, they know that means they need condoms and they’re having trouble getting them. They’re under the impression that a dirty condom is better than no condom, but from what we know this is a baaaaaaad practice.

It sounds like Kenya needs to get its hands on more condoms by increasing the quantity and/or improving distribution, both of which are solutions being considered by the Kenya National AIDS Strategic Plan 2009-2013.

Via the RH Reality Check blog.

Reusing Condoms in Rural Kenya
The Orbit is still fighting a SLAPP suit! Help defend freedom of speech, click here to find out more and donate!

18 thoughts on “Reusing Condoms in Rural Kenya

    1. 1.1

      It’s true. The article states some of the risks of reusing condoms, and we know that using them as intended (i.e., single-use) is the best way to ensure their efficacy. Obviously it would be better to find a way to end the need to reuse condoms, but I’m not aware of any evidence that would say “reusing condoms is WORSE than not using one at all” – especially if the partner is known to be HIV-positive.

  1. 3

    Tôi luôn thích chơi các trò chơi casino trực tuyến với VN88. Họ là một thương hiệu sòng bạc trực tuyến đáng tin cậy.

  2. 7

    Знаете ли вы?
    Роден назвал свои «Врата ада» напрямую, а его соотечественник только намекнул.
    Согласно мифу, Марута Сар пыталась примирить Арарат и Арагац, но не смогла.
    Член Зала хоккейной славы готов был играть где угодно, лишь бы не переходить в тренеры.
    Фиктивно отменить рабство в Камбодже её короля заставили французские колонизаторы.
    Индонезийской закуской начиняют пирожки, посыпают рис и кладут в лапшу и супы.

  3. 16

    Venturing Made Simple: Straightforward Ideas When You Need To Acquire Away Vacationing could be very pleasurable.You will need to perform your due diligence although on the right way to plan for a getaway. This short article features plenty of good advice to help help you get travel in fashion. Don’t use general public computers inside your hotel or somewhere else they provide cost-free world wide web while you are on a break. There may be malware using the pc that acquire your data as you variety. In order to prevent poor liaisons, be aware of certain meals allergic reactions when you visit a unfamiliar land. Should you be allergic to a particular food products, you will need to have a very good take care of around the language of the nation you happen to be consuming in. This provides you with to talk to other individuals what foods that you are seeking to steer clear of. Be wise about food allergic reactions once you go to a international region or new position. If you have an allergies, it is a good idea to find out some phrases for food within the local words. This will help you to talk to other people what food products you have an allergic reaction to so they can be held from the dishes. These useful small wooden or rubberized wedges are very important when you have folks arriving out as well as in. Travel luggage tags tend to be ripped off without much provocation. Taking a trip far from home could lead to you load an excessive amount of. Restriction you to ultimately the toiletries which can be crucial toiletry goods. Produce a brief list of toiletries you make use of through the day and so are really required. Load just those that are the types that are most significant. Look at the websites of your air carrier for top level selling price.At times they may have the low cost traveling web sites. When traveling, be sure to dress in lighting boots that are really cozy and simple to strike off. Protection assessments at checkpoints will ask you to take them out. The ultimate shoes for traveling by air may well properly be sandals or change flops. Travel luggage tag happen to be in transportation. Bring an enterprise credit card through your motel whilst you discover your location area. Unless you understand the words nicely, this is certainly useful. Become a member of vacation discussion boards and sociable sites centered around journey. A traveling local community is the simplest way to prepare yourself for your vacation. This enables you to in a small grouping of those who talk about experiences in order to avoid generating their mistakes or missing some great places by yourself getaway. Are you ready to travel now? They should have launched new options. Take into account your options. It is actually time for you to program that up coming getaway journey, one who will jump you into vibrant experience and produce remembrances for a lifetime.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *