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Condoms Recycled as Hairbands

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I received an email from a friend on the above and after doing online search and confirmed that it has been reported around the world since 2007. So I decided to post this in my blog as warning for Malaysian who traveled to China during this coming Olympic 2008. Please do not buy those colorful hairbands from the market.

It was reported in USA Today online version: Used condoms 'recycled' as hair bands in China

Used condoms are being recycled into hair bands in southern China threatening to spread sexually transmittable diseases they were originally meant to prevent, state media reported.

In the latest example of potentially harmful Chinese made products, rubber hair bands have been found in local markets and beauty salons in Dongguan and Guangzhou cities in southern Guangdong province, China Daily newspaper said.

'These cheap and colourful rubber bands and hair ties sell well ... threatening the health of local people,' it said.

Despite being recycled, the hair bands could still contain bacteria and viruses, it said.

'People could be infected with (genital) warts or other diseases if they hold the rubber bands or strings in their mouths while waving their hair into plaits or buns,' the paper quoted a local dermatologist who gave only his surname, Dong, as saying. A bag of ten of the recycled bands sells for just 25 sen (three cents), much cheaper than others on the market, accounting for their popularity, the paper said.

A government official was quoted as saying recycling condoms was illegal.

In response, it launched a public relations blitz this summer aimed at playing up efforts to strengthen monitoring systems.


Sure or not? AIDS can spread through like it reported? Was this just another Western conspiracy to pulldown China innovative?

If this was being done by EU, US or Japan, they will say it is "creatively recycling of resources".

How about recycling the condoms and make chewing gum and sell it to America.

as far as I know STD will only transmitted through drugs needle, blood and sexual contact. but it s so yucky to use the hairband with the used condom

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