Russia 'to ban' imports on condoms

Russia has reportedly unveiled plans to ban the state procurement of imported condoms, despite concerns from health officials.

The country is one of a handful of nations in the world where cases of the HIV virus are rising, with experts estimating that as many as two million Russians could be diagnosed with the virus within the next five years.

The new legislation, which was proposed by the ministry of industry and trade, would also prevent the imports of other medical goods, including wheelchairs to orthopaedic footwear and tampons.

The plans are thought to have been pushed through by the Russian government in response to increased economic sanctions placed on the country over its actions in Ukraine.

Yet a number of experts have already expressed concerns at the move.

Dr Vadim Pokrovsky, the head of the Russian Federal Aids Centre, told Irish-based news provider The Irish Times that while contraction of HIV was largely avoidable, there are "hardly any information campaigns to warn the public to take steps to protect themselves against the virus".

He added: "We need to attend to these problems very urgently."ADNFCR-2094-ID-801797277-ADNFCR