People get frustrated when they hear of a new deadly virus killing people everywhere but what do we really think can be done about this?Besides Co ndoms have been hyped as master-protectors against s exually transmitted infections. However, health experts are warning that in as much as Co ndoms significantly decrease transmission rates of the most life-threatening viruses such as HIV and hepatitis B and C, it’s not foolproof.Continue reading to see more

At a meeting of cancer specialists at the University of Nairobi last week, reproductive health expert, Nelly Mugo, said that even as we take protective measures using Co ndoms against most STIs including HIV/Aids, the rubber sheaths cannot provide 100 per cent protection against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). “Co ndoms offer 60 per cent of HPV thus the virus can spread through skin-to-skin contact with infected areas of the skin not covered by the Co ndom such as the scrotum, anus, or vulva,” Dr Mugo said.

The 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, released last week, shows that male Co ndoms are the most popular method among s exually active unmarried women. Unmarried men too seem to prefer Co ndoms as the popular method to protect against STIs. But for a virus whose disease has no symptoms, the inefficacy of Co ndoms allows for faster and wider spread, especially amongst those with multiple s*x partners.


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