Consider this: the next president of Kenya will be a man; the next vice-president of Kenya will be a man; most of the MPs, governors, senators and councillors elected on March 4 will be men; and most men in Kenya still do not know how to use a condom, says the Aids Healthcare Foundation-Kenya (AHF-K).
“Most people assume that if you are a man, you know how to use a male condom”, AHF-K prevention programme coordinator Mary Nyaguthii said last week, “But the reality is, and we are the people on the ground, most of them don’t know how to use them”. Quite how the AHF-K know this is unclear.
The problem has been complicated, says the AHF-K, by lack of access to condoms by the rural populations. The foundation said poor infrastructure was to blame as condoms are mostly concentrated in urban areas.
Mary Nyaguthii told the assembled press that young people need proper protection but that data had shown that the youth are having regular sex and have ignored abstinence, so the Foundation has embarked on a condom awareness and safe sex practices campaign.
VOTE FOR WOMEN?
Back to men, politicians and condoms: if Kenyan men haven’t got the good sense to use a condom, or the ability to put one on even if they have the sense to try, it might be an idea to vote in more women come the election, says the Kenya Forum.