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NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuters) -- Kenyan first lady Lucy Kibaki risked the wrath of anti-AIDS campaigners by advising young people against using condoms, saying they should practice abstinence instead.
"Those still in school and colleges have no business having access to condoms," Lucy Kibaki said in a speech carried on the government's Web site on Friday.
"I am not in favor of condoms."
Kenya has seen a decline in the number of HIV/AIDS cases in the past decade. In the late 1990s, 10 percent of the population was infected but by 2003, that number had dropped to 7 percent.
Many AIDS experts attribute such success in part to wider use of condoms.
But some staunch Christians, as well as prominent Africans including Ugandan first lady Janet Museveni, have promoted abstinence over condom use as the best way to fight AIDS.
"Sex is not for the youth," Kibaki was quoted as saying by a local newspaper in its report on the speech given on Thursday night at a girls' school.
Originally posted by worksoftplayhard
why do people in such high power spew out such personal information that nobody really wants to hear? nobody wants to hear about the first ladys sexual life. especially if she doesnt care for protection.
Originally posted by ThePieMaN
Lots of people trying to impose their beliefs upon others lately.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Condoms DO work, if you don't rip them, etc.
Laboratory studies have demonstrated that latex condoms provide an essentially impermeable barrier to particles the size of STD pathogens.
Theoretical basis for protection. Condoms can be expected to provide different levels of protection for various sexually transmitted diseases, depending on differences in how the diseases are transmitted. Because condoms block the discharge of semen or protect the male urethra against exposure to vaginal secretions, a greater level of protection is provided for the discharge diseases. A lesser degree of protection is provided for the genital ulcer diseases or HPV because these infections may be transmitted by exposure to areas, e.g., infected skin or mucosal surfaces, that are not covered or protected by the condom.