AD>> AIDS • Kenya
A television ad in Kenya led to a public outcry and a national debate over how to encourage condom use. The ad features two women who are gong about their daily routine. One of the women is having an extramarital affair. The second advises her to use a condom to prevent spread of sexually transmitted infections like HIV.
Critics say the ad promotes extramarital affairs. “There are better ways of passing useful information to society,” said the Kenyan Anglican Church’s Bishop Julius Kalu. The government responded by taking down the ad. But Alloys Orago who heads Kenya’s National Aids Control Committee says the ad has been pulled down temporarily. “We will consider different views and come up with a common position on how to promote condom use as a means of preventing HIV infections.” He contended that the ad depicted reality. The Kenyan health ministry estimates that 20 and 30 per cent of married couples have other sex partners. The majority of those people report they do not use condoms.
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