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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Crummy Condoms

KIEV -- Health experts in Ukraine blame black-market condoms for a steep rise in venereal disease in the republic, a newspaper said Thursday.

The Kievskiye Daily said there has been an 11-fold increase in venereal disease since 1990, when cheap foreign condoms started flooding the market.

Only five brands are officially registered in Ukraine, but dozens of off-brands are sold in kiosks. They are far cheaper than the sanctioned condoms, which can cost half a month's salary for 12.