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March 19, 2013

Cheaters, use a condom

Government advises Kenyans to use condoms in extramarital affairs.

A Kenyan campaign promoting condom use in extramarital affairs has upset the country's religious leaders. The public service announcement "Weka Condom Mpangoni," sponsored by Kenya's Ministry of Public Health, USAID and UKAID, features a woman speaking to her friend about her marriage. When she confides she is having an extramarital relationship, her friend advises her to practise safe sex, saying "protect your family, don't forget to put on a condom". They also discuss the dangers of spreading HIV, which affects approximately 1.6 million Kenyans.

Members of the Anglican Church and the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) claim the advert promotes promiscuity and infidelity. CIPK organising secretary Sheikh Mohammed Khalifa went as far as to say "the advert depicts [Kenya] as a Sodom and Gomorrah". The commercial has received additional criticism for its primetime slot, a time when families are together.