Residents of Lagos are expressing concern about the rising cost of condoms, fearing it could lead to an increase in unsafe sex and unintended pregnancies, according to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The price of condoms has reportedly increased by 50 to 200% compared to last year, making them less accessible for many Nigerians. This is particularly concerning given the wide range of factors that influence condom choice, including quality, durability, comfort, and level of protection. Popular brands like Durex, Fiesta, Kiss, Rough Rider, and Gold Circle have all seen significant price hikes.
“Access to affordable contraceptives is critical,” NAN quoted Lagos residents as saying. They emphasized the importance of condoms in protecting not only against unplanned pregnancies but also against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
This rise in condom prices comes at a time when Nigeria already faces significant challenges with sexual and reproductive health. High rates of unintended pregnancies and STIs, particularly among young people, highlight the need for affordable and accessible contraception.
Experts warn that increasing the cost of condoms could have serious consequences for public health. It could force individuals to resort to unsafe alternatives or forego protection altogether, potentially leading to a rise in HIV/AIDS cases and other STIs, as well as unintended pregnancies.
The reasons behind the price increase remain unclear, and further investigation is needed. However, the potential impact on public health demands immediate action. Stakeholders, including policymakers, healthcare providers, and civil society organizations, must work together to ensure that affordable condoms remain accessible to all Nigerians.