Condoms in Kenya have become a crucial part of public health and sexual education efforts in recent years. With the country experiencing high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies, the promotion and use of condoms is an essential tool for prevention.

In Kenya, condoms are widely available and accessible through various channels, including pharmacies, health clinics, supermarkets, and even street vendors. However, despite their availability, condom use remains low among some populations due to social and cultural barriers.

One of the challenges to promoting condom use in Kenya is the stigma associated with purchasing and using them. Many people feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask for condoms, particularly in rural areas where traditional gender roles and conservative values are prevalent. To address this, health organisations and community groups have launched campaigns to promote condom use as a responsible and proactive measure for sexual health.

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Another challenge is the perception that condoms reduce sexual pleasure. However, this is a myth that has been debunked by numerous studies. In fact, condoms can enhance sexual pleasure by reducing anxiety about unintended pregnancy and STIs.

The government of Kenya has also made efforts to increase access to condoms by providing them for free in public health facilities and schools. This is in line with global recommendations for comprehensive sexual education programs that promote condom use as part of a range of reproductive health services. Premium condoms like Durex and Contempo range from about ksh300 to ksh450.

Despite these efforts, there is still much work to be done to ensure that condoms are readily available and used consistently throughout Kenya. Ongoing education and outreach efforts are crucial to changing social norms and promoting a culture of safe sex.

In conclusion, condoms play a vital role in preventing STIs and unintended pregnancies in Kenya. Through education, outreach, and increased availability, we can promote a culture of safe sex and reduce the burden of preventable health issues in our communities.

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