Condoms have been hyped as master- protectors against $exually transmitted infections.
However, health experts are warning that in as
much as condoms significantly decrease
transmission rates of the most life-threatening
viruses such as HIV and hepatitis B and C, it’s
not fool proof.
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 condoms
against most STIs including HIV/Aids, the
rubber sheaths cannot provide 100 per cent protection against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). “Condoms 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 condom such as the scrotum,
anus, or vulva,” Dr Mugo said.
The 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health
Survey, released last week, shows that male
condoms are the most popular method among
$exually active unmarried women. Unmarried
men too seem to prefer condoms as the
popular method to protect against STIs. But for a virus whose disease has no symptoms, the inefficacy of condoms allows for faster and
wider spread, especially amongst those with
multiple s*x partners.