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'Nakuru residents are allergic to condoms'

14 October 2015, 16:04 Jackson Okata

Nakuru - Condom allergy is the major cause of increased HIV prevalence in Nakuru County, according to Nakuru county health executive, Dr Mungai Kabii.

Mungai said that 56 percent of the Nakuru population has never tested for HIV/AIDs despite the intense education about the disease.

He further observed that the high level of sexual immorality and low use of condoms is the major cause of increased HIV infections in the County.

Read Also: 3 in 10 female sex workers in Kenya have HIV/AIDS

"Consistent and proper use of condoms can reduce the risk of HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections transmission by more than 90 percent, but we have a big problem in Nakuru because people are promiscuous and allergic to condoms," Dr Mungai observed.

“The County has been supplying free condoms but very few people come for them at our health facilities,” he lamented.

Speaking Wednesday during the County AIDS awareness day, Mungai emphasized on the need for male circumcision which he said reduces the risk of female-male transmission by 60 percent.

He however, cautioned communities practicing traditional circumcision to carry it under safe and hygienic conditions and do it before the boys engage in sex.

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