Ethiopia forced to dump 69 million defective condoms

Ethiopia was forced to get rid of 69 million condoms that were donated to help fight the spread of AIDS when they were discovered to be defective.

The condoms failed an elasticity test, and apparently broke too easily. The condoms had ruptures “wide enough to pass liquids through, so we have rejected them,” according to the deputy director of Ethiopia’s food and medicine control agency.

The condoms supposedly came from an Indian company, and were donated by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The manufacturer is demanding the condoms be tested again before they will replace them. If they have holes in them though, it’s hard to see the test going any other way.

According to the World Health Organization, 1.2 million Ethiopians are living with HIV/AIDS. This is about the same amount as the United States, but Ethiopia’s total population is less than one third of the United States’.

[h/t AP | Photo: Getty]

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