Fake condoms flood Zambia

PEOPLE should to be wary of a rising number of counterfeit condoms flooding the Zambian market, warns counterfeit watchdog Cycorps Zambia Limited.

Cycorps Zambia says counterfeiters have managed to copy major condom brands to people and are flooding them on the local market, posing a serious threat to gains made in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

The fake condoms are said not to be providing much protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy because they have a high burst rate.

“”Of late we have been working with Share Tool project and we actually have discovered a lot of counterfeit condoms,” Cycorp Zambia managing director Kingsley Nkonde said yesterday without specifying the brands.

However, among the counterfeited products the company displayed during a media breakfast yesterday were Maximum condoms packaged in yellow packs.