Residents of a Kenyan town are reportedly recycling used condoms due to shortage as they struggle to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Local Newspaper Daily Nation reports that the town called Archer Post has over the years witnessed a hike in sex trade.
The small town is between Isiolo and Samburu counties and is patronized by local and international tourists.
There has been a surge in sex trade in this community as unemployed women engage in prostitution.
Supply of male condoms has slowed, according to reports forcing locals to recycle used condoms. Others also use polythene papers during sexual intercourse for protection.
Women in this town are also struggling to use female condoms due to low patronage by Kenyans.
The low patronage of the female condom is also a major issue in most African countries.
“The spread of HIV and Aids has been worsened by a section of locals who normally wash used male condoms due to its scarcity especially after the government banned use of polythene carrier bags last year,” Daily Nation quoted a resident as saying.
Nearly one million Kenyans are currently on HIV treatment, including 53,067 mothers who are on the treatment to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT).