JOHANNESBURG – The elderly in South Africa are discarding pills for boxes of condoms in the belief that the lubricant oil helps alleviate arthritis-related pain, a local daily reported Friday.
They rub the condoms on painful joints and claim to feel instant relief, the Sowetan newspaper said. “This oil is No. 1,” Elizabeth Moyo told the paper after demonstrating how she uses the condoms. “I am tired of the pills.”
Condoms are readily available, often for free, in South Africa, which has one of the world’s highest HIV infection rates. Medical experts say there is no scientific evidence that condoms help with pain relief and are concerned that condoms will now be wasted.