Mother Jones has a disturbing article on condom re-use in Kenya. The author argues that sexual health campaigns are working, but the problem is that getting access to condoms are difficult. The author raises the point that cuts to global sex-education programs proposed by the GOP will only add to this crisis, making it even harder for strapped clinics to provide the proper prophylactics to an HIV-positive population.
But I want to use this article as a news peg to raise another point about necessary funds for proper medical treatment and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV. Medical journals have repeatedly stressed that the widespread incidence of HIV and Hepatitis in sub-Saharan Africa had its catalyst in improper medical hygiene procedures -- mainly the reuse of needles during immunizations or other health check-ups.