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article imageUganda says fight against AIDS affected by too small condoms

By Kesavan Unnikrishnan     Sep 21, 2014 in Health
A Parliamentary Committee for HIV/AIDS in Uganda has issued urgent calls for larger sized condoms in the nation's fight against AIDS.
The AIDS/HIV epidemic is a major problem in Uganda where as many as 1.8 million people live with the disease. More than 63,000 Ugandans died from AIDS last year with a million children orphaned after their parents died of AIDS.
Many of the Ugandan lawmakers, who were on a tour to areas worst hit by the virus have been overwhelmed by a huge number of complaints that majority of the condoms that are being put on sale in Uganda are far too small for Uganda men. They called for urgent action by drug companies since condoms are seen as key in the battle against AIDS.
Ugandan Member of Parliament, Merard Bitekyerezo who was part of the team said:
Some youth are complaining that the condoms they are being given, some of them are too short, their organs can't fit in them. When it comes to action, when they're having sexual activity, of course with the pressure, it bursts.
AIDS is seen as being resurgent in Uganda after years of decline, with as much as 7.2 percent of the population infected by the deadly virus.
It is not the first time the " one size fits for all " in case of condoms has become a major issue. A survey of more than 1,000 men in India in 2006 had concluded that condoms made according to international sizes are too large for a majority of Indian men with one in every five condoms in India falling off during use.
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