Kenyans in Diaspora going back home and hoping for some action at the junction; be warned! There are fake condoms in Kenya. And this is not fake news.
PS Kenya, a local distribution company has confirmed that fake condoms are in circulation, sparking health fears. The company said authorities had begun investigations to establish how the counterfeit batch of condoms got into the country and ended up being sold.
“It is unfortunate that some individuals are eroding the efforts made as a country in distribution of high quality condoms,” PS Kenya said in a statement.
The company issued an alert, warning Kenyans of the dangers of using the fakes.
They include getting pregnant and sexually transmitted diseases.
In half-page adverts in daily papers, PS Kenya asked unwary shoppers to look out for the “true marks of Trust Studded condoms”.
“With Trust Studded condoms, you get high quality value condoms that you can rely on,” the advertisement said.
“Look out for the marks of quality on our packs to ensure you are purchasing authentic Trust packs. Do not compromise.”
According to the advert, consumers of the products should check the front face of a pack of Trust Studded condoms and ensure it has a triple tested icon at the bottom left side and a white stripe with pack content.
The name “STUDDED” should also appear in bold at the centre of the pack.
Condoms are celebrated for contraception and protecting individuals against sexually transmitted infections.
However, their success is tied to correct and consistent use.
Experts say faulty condoms can increase the chances of transmission of HIV and other STIs as well as the likelihood of pregnancy.
This is because they are made of substandard material and could therefore break or tear easily when in use.