Condoms ‘too small’ for Uganda men

2014-09-19 12:36

Uganda’s politicians have been inundated with complaints that many condoms on sale in the east African nation are too small, and warn that the problem is affecting the fight against Aids.

Insisting that one size doesn’t fit all, MP Tom Aza said Uganda’s parliamentary committee for HIV/Aids said a recent tour of areas worst hit by the virus revealed that some men “have bigger sexual organs and therefore should be considered for bigger condoms”.

“When it comes to action, when they’re having sexual activity, of course with the pressure, it bursts,” he told NTV Uganda.

“Some youth are complaining that the condoms they are being given, some of them are too short. Their organs can’t fit in them,” MP Merard Bitekyerezo also told the channel.

Another committee member, Sarah Netalisile, said the size issue was “exposing our younger boys and girls, and all those users of condoms, to HIV and Aids”.

NTV Uganda’s report said the MPs would push for better condom supplies and bigger sizes.

It is not the first time that penis size has been raised with condom manufacturers.

In 2006, the Indian Council of Medical Research found 60% of men in Mumbai had penises at least 2.4cm shorter than international condom sizes, and that for 30% of men, the size deficit was 5cm.

Aids is seen as being resurgent in Uganda after years of decline, with as many as 80 000 people dying of the disease every year.

From a peak of 18% infected in 1992, Uganda’s “ABC” strategy – Abstinence, Be faithful, Condom – helped slash rates to 6.4% in 2005.

But rates crept back up to 7.2% in 2012. As many as 1.8 million people in the country now live with HIV, and a million children have been orphaned because of Aids.

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