Kenyans struggling to buy condoms?

Individuals looking to buy condoms in Kenya may be struggling as there is a shortage of the product at the moment.

Health authorities in the country - which is located in east Africa - have placed an emergency order for 45 million, as high demand and procurement problems are causing distributors to run out.

In January, the nation received 19 million of the barrier devices but this package only lasted for six weeks.

"The demand was eight million per month, then it went to 12 million and currently stands at around 20 million. That gives you the number of encounters people would have," public health director Shahnaaz Sharif said.

While it is not a good situation to be in, it does highlight how many people are using the prophylactic device to have safe sex.

National Aids Control Programme deputy director Peter Cherutich confirmed the government will be getting 180 million of the contraptions from May from the United Nations Population Fund.