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Activists in Kenya are sounding the alarm and complaining about a chronic shortage of free condoms across the country.
Life-saving supplies are routinely imported and distributed free of charge, according to the BBC. However, due to high taxes, suppliers are no longer providing Kenya with free condoms.
Activists want the government to remove taxes as this will help reduce the number of new HIV infections. About 34,000 new cases are registered in Kenya every year However, there has been a steady increase since 2020, especially among sex workers.
Kenya needs about 455 million condoms every year, but the government can only buy 150 million. Now a pack of three condoms costs about one dollar, which is very expensive for the local population.
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