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Kenya: Churches Said Burning Condoms

December 7, 2001

Some churches in the Mt. Kenya Region of central Kenya have been accused of buying up stocks of condoms and destroying them on the grounds that they are promoting immorality among the faithful, according to the East African Standard. This development is frustrating efforts to combat the AIDS epidemic. Population Services International's Mt. Kenya representative Davis Muchemi said shopkeepers in some areas no longer sell condoms for fear of excommunication. Muchemi, who is charged with the responsibility of distributing the Trust condoms sold in the region, said even some druggists are afraid to display the contraceptives on their shelves.

Vice President and Minister for Home Affairs Professor George Saitoti said the quality of awareness of the HIV/AIDS campaign has not been substantive enough to speed up behavior change and also address sexual matters for those ages 13 to 19. "This is an especially unfortunate trend in the rural areas where nearly 80 percent of Kenyans live, due to a general lack of access to information," he said. Saitoti also said, in a statement to ministry department heads, that the impact of AIDS on the economy remained unclear due to the long period between HIV infection and the onset of AIDS.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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