Condoms used to “treat” arthritis

Millions of free condoms are handed out every year in Zimbabwe in a bid to combat HIV and AIDS, but it seems they’re not all being used for their expected purpose.

Many elderly Zimbabweans believe rubbing condoms on their joints eases pain from arthritis, reports the country’s Sunday paper The Standard.

Health worker Betty Chitsiga from the Murambanda district told the newspaper demand was so great that her clinic had actually run out of the contraceptives.

“Here you will find even old women who are widowed collecting the condoms because there is a general