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Mathew Dengel, one of the youth told URN that although it’s good to always use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies, the available brands are short and small for them.
Karimojong youth dancing last year during the Karamoja culture day in Amudat
Health educators in Karamoja region are finding it difficult to convince youth to use condoms as a means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases as they claim that the condoms are short and small.  

On Thursday last week, Christine Puutan, a health educator at Loputuk health center III in Nadunget Sub County in Moroto district was forced by the youth to return back several boxes of condoms to the health center, saying the government should provide condoms that can fit the people of Karamoja.

Puutan was distributing the condoms in busy places of social gatherings in the sub-county. "We are facing it hard to convince the youth to use condoms because they are refusing that the condoms are very short and small,” she said. Mathew Dengel, one of the youth told URN that although it’s good to always use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies, the available brands are short and small for them.

“These condoms seem to be manufactured for other people, not us the Karimojong because I tried one day to put on a condom but it remained in the middle. It is supposed to stretch up to the beginning of my organ, “he said. Sarah Chegem, a mother of two and resident of Achere village in Nadunget Sub County told URN that her first time to see a condom is when her husband tried wearing it so that they can avoid unwanted pregnancy but the condom couldn’t cover his entire penis.

"I told him to remove it because it would cause other problems other than preventing unwanted pregnancy," she said. Grace Nangiro, a village health team leader in Lokitelaebu village in Kotido Sub County in Kotido district, says many sexually active youth have complained about the same size of condoms.

"This is something we are seeing strange from our youths yet we know that the condom is a rubber, which can expand but most of the youth that I have been advising to protect themselves from sexually transmitted disease by use of condoms are refusing condoms that they are too tight and short,” he said. 

Dr. Hanes Lokales, the Moroto District Health Director confirmed receiving many complains from the youths about the size of condoms. "The truth is the youth are complaining and they are refusing to use these condoms that they are short and small. This is something beyond us the district health officers since this a factory-made product," he said.

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