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Signs of regress in the global AIDS fight

Condom dispenser, Kenya

Okay, this is an incredibly disturbing story that should scare the bejeebers out of everyone.

IRIN News reports, kind of matter-of-factly, that in Kenya “Condom recycling highlights gap in HIV prevention programming.” The story tells about men in rural northern Kenya:

“… washing condoms and hanging them out to dry; the men said the price of condoms meant they could not afford to use them just once. Other men in the village said when they had no access to condoms, they used polythene bags and even cloth rags when having sex.”

Remember when we were celebrating (last week, I think) how many more people with HIV are receiving treatment with anti-AIDS drugs?

If we can get malaria-preventing bed nets out to almost everyone who needs them, how is it we are still failing to make sure everyone has access to something so cheap and basic as a condom?

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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at]humanosphere.org or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.