Archive for December, 2012

‘Cool’ is not a term normally associated with sex, but Sylvia King’ara and Reuben Kigame can be ‘cool’ about the condom…

Sylvia King’ara

… maturity requires Christians to “come down to earth”, leave their pulpits, and do the work of God, serve fellow men and women, go to the streets and by-streets and tell everyone that Aids can be defeated, the carnage can stop, that responsible sinfulness is a better starting point in the journey to salvation.

Rueben Kigame

Self-preservation is selfishness that is inward-looking and which camouflages for virtue or even civility. It does not factor in the love of neighbour. It asks, “What will happen to me if I do or do not use a condom?” It will hardly ask, “What will happen to him/her if I use or do not use a condom?” This is consistent with the common Swahili phrase, “Chanuka” (get wise) often used in the promotion of condoms.


Most HIV prevention strategies for African youth have been ineffective in changing key behaviors like condom use, partly because community antagonism and structural barriers have rarely been addressed.

…with females generally more opposed to youth condom use. Health providers, teachers and male students seemed to be transitioning to more permissive attitudes.

…we believe that health campaigns should portray condoms as “disaster preparedness” devices for responsible youths, and more efforts should be made to dispel myths about condoms’ efficacy.

‘Community antagonism… females more opposed to youth condom use…’  Are carelessly disposed used-condoms helping the cause?

Muslim leaders in Kenya’s North Eastern Province have resolved to campaign against the promotion of condoms as a means of preventing HIV.

The decision was made after a recent meeting on the theme of “Islam and Health”, attended by more than 60 Muslim scholars and teachers in the provincial capital of Garissa.

“A lot of money is being wasted to poison our community … a huge amount of money is spent on buying condoms, buying immorality,” Sheikh Mohamud Ali, of Garissa

Condoms & Beaches

Posted: December 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Boxing Day- the day after X-mas
As I walked on the Jomo Kenyatta Public beach early Sunday the 26th December, I marveled at the sheer number of used condoms, littering those secluded corners and some hung up high on the high tide water mark.

Condoms, Sweets and Wrappings

Posted: December 17, 2012 in Uncategorized
The image your 3- year old carries around?

“Some people come around and pretend – they first buy sweets and then a while later they ask if I have any condoms as well,” he said. “This is how I came to stock condoms.” Steve Kielu, a street trader who has a spot in downtown Nairobi

“We have a variety of condoms on display for sale. As much as it is important to carry condoms around, not everyone carries condoms in their wallets or handbags, so usually you will find them at our counter,” he added. “What is worse, contracting HIV or the embarrassment of asking for a condom over the counter?”- Bartender – CBD, Nairobi

Public spirited city officials have put trash-bins all over the streets of the CBD in Nairobi…Is it too much to ask public spirited health officials and condom social marketers to do something about the used condom?

Condoms & Nanotechnology

Posted: December 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

University of Manitoba medical microbiologist Dr Xiaojian Yao, who specializes in researching the HIV virus, has discovered a potential new way to protect ourselves against HIV and the Herpes virus: silver nanoparticles. He and his team coated condoms in microscopic particles of silver — which has long been known to have disinfectant properties — and they found that when they brought the silver-coated condoms into contact with HIV and Herpes, both viruses were completely inactivated.

“After 25 years of AIDS, we have largely failed in HIV prevention, and that is something that can, and must change,” said Terri Ford, AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Senior Director of Global Policy and Advocacy (2011)

“ While knowledge of condoms may be high, availability and easy access continues to be a key barrier to consistent condom use. We continue to advocate for condoms to be more available to the public, as condom use is an effective strategy for reducing the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.  AHF is marking International Condom Day to encourage the public to translate knowledge of HIV/AIDS and condoms into action. Let’s all embrace condom use as one of the primary strategies to reduce HIV transmission. “ (2011)

AHF’s International Condom Day 2011 Celebration

Condoms are also being used to promote greater awareness about the connections between sex, population growth, and environmental degradation. The Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity distributed 100,000 free condoms for Valentine’s Day this year. Called Endangered Species Condoms, the packaging explains that overpopulation threatens to kill off tens of thousands of plants and animals. Decor­ating the boxes is artwork depicting threatened wildlife and slogans such as “Wrap with care, save the polar bear” or “Cover your tweedle, save the burying beetle.”

Male condom here to Stay…

Posted: December 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

With this kind of embarrassment, who will keep fathers away from the condom?

Where will they disposed the used condoms?

This condom delivers an anti-HIV drug, prevents pregnancy, then disappears

Sex often fuels the adoption of cutting-edge technology, even in the burgeoning field of nano-fabrication. Researchers at the University of Washington have just published a paper in PLoS One describing how they’ll use “electrospinning” to create next-generation female condoms made from specially customized nano-fibers.

Basically, the researchers’ proposal is to spin ultra-thin female condoms woven out of cloth-like fibers and medicine. Above, you can see a magnified image of the resulting condom, complete with sperm who have tried to smash their way through it and failed miserably.

The condoms can be woven out of medicines that prevent HIV infections, providing protection against disease while also stopping sperm in their tracks. The electrospun condoms can be designed to dissolve within minutes, or over a period of several days. Women can discreetly put them on before a sexual encounter — either directly, or on a diaphragm or ring — and protect against pregnancy, HIV, and potentially other sexually transmitted diseases as well.

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