Coventry nightclub under fire for 'unsafe' promotional condoms
A nightclub in Coventry has been blasted for handing out potentially unsafe condoms during freshers' week. The Kasbah created promotional gift packs especially for university first years and urged new students to come to the club and pick one up to "get some lovin'".
However, the condoms the club gave out did not have the necessary safety markings on the packaging, according to city health bosses. This means that they could fail if used during intercourse, potentially resulting in the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancy.
The club responded to these allegations to state that the the condoms had been bought from a reputable seller and were totally safe. However, the packaging did have "not recommended for use" printed on it, suggesting that they could indeed be unsuitable for intercourse.
These findings have resulted in many people criticising the club for potentially putting students at risk and they are calling on the students who received gift packs to avoid using the condoms.
All forms of contraception should have an expiry date printed on the packet and a batch number, according to the Coventry Integrated Sexual Health Service, which is run by the NHS. Condom wrappers should also feature a British Standards kite mark, along with a CE European Standards mark.
Students are advised to double check any condoms they are given as promotional items to ensure they have these marks on the packets before use. If condoms do not feature all the necessary safety marks, they should refrain from using them for intercourse.
The Kasbah has released a full statement saying that the condoms are just promotional items that are intended to be kept as a memento of a great night at the club. "The Kasbah is very conscious of the important role we play in maintaining the safety of young people visiting our venue and would never do anything to put this at risk," it said.
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