Shortage forces Kenyans to recycle condoms, use polythene paper


Residents living in a small town located in Kenya’s Samburu County -Archers Post have been using recycled condoms and polythene paper for protected sex due to a shortage of condoms.

The little town, which is a transit point to Marsabit County and Moyale town on the Kenya-Ethiopia border, has experienced rapid growth in the last few years, the Daily Nation reported on Monday.

Archer’s Post is also popular with local and international tourists and where military forces are being trained by British soldiers, all contributing to the town’s expansion. Additionally, there has been an increase in the sex trade with young women flocking there to take up prostitution.

Despite the availability of female condoms on the Kenyan market for close to a decade now, they have not proved to be unpopular amongst the locals.

This in addition as well as the shortage of male condoms has led locals to come up with alternative options, including washing used condoms and using polythene paper.

However, these unconventional alternatives have only contributed to the spread of HIV/AIDS so Good Life Trust Executive Officer Dr Faith Ndiwa, to mark international World Aids Day, has embarked on a campaign trying to educate residents on how to protect themselves from contracting sexually transmitted diseases.


-African News Agency

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