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    Masvingo Poly students empty 3 000 condoms a month

    •    Female condoms get no takers

    •    Panther condoms are strong but smelly


    Panther condoms

    TATENDA CHIZU

    MASVINGO - Students at Masvingo Polytechnic College are using 30 boxes of panther condoms every month, the sister-in-charge at the institute’s clinic has said.
    This meant that the students were using 3 000 condoms every 30 days or 100 condoms a day. The number of condoms used does however, not include those that students get from other sources.
    Stella Chikasha said this during a journalists’ media tour organised by the National Aids Council two weeks ago. The condoms are placed in the students wash rooms.
    “We distribute 3 000 condoms in the school’s toilets per month plus 100 female condoms but the later have no takers.
    “Now we have installed two condom dispensers where we put condoms inside so that students can collect from there”, said Chikasha.
    Chikasha said that the college has around 1 800 students who stay on campus.
    Portia Munhukwa a peer educator said that on weekends they will be advising students to collect condoms or whenever there is an artist coming to town the peer educators will urge them to take condoms.
    “As peer educators our duty is to inform people about the importance of using condoms to prevent HIV, STIs and pregnancies, we also educate new students who come to college”, said Munhukwa.
    Students asked NAC for flavoured condoms because panther condoms, although stronger are smelly.
    “Panther condoms are not user friendly, if you have sex in the afternoon using panther condoms and go back for the lectures, the smell will still be there”, she added.
     

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