Arthritis

Updated 17 November 2015

Condom lubricant no cure for arthritis

According to the health department there is no scientific evidence to suggest that the lubrication of a condom can cure arthritis.

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"There is no scientific evidence to suggest that the lubrication  of a condom can cure arthritis, and we are appealing to members of the public not to use condoms for any other reason than that for which they are intended," Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's spokesman Joe Maila told Sapa.

This was particularly the case given the severe problem with HIV and Aids in the country.

Read: Condoms: the dos and don'ts

The Times reported that Mpumalanga's health MEC berated arthritis sufferers for rubbing condoms on their aching joints, believing the lubricant would ease the pain.

"She called on them to stop because condoms are meant for something other than rubbing on knees," MEC Candith Mashego-Dlamini's spokesman Ronnie Masilela was quoted as saying.

Read: Tips on coping with arthritis

A Cape Town grandmother, who declined to be named, told The Times: "It is not a cure for my arthritis but it eases the pain."

A Johannesburg hiker said he put condoms over his emergency kit.

"My wife was really upset when she found the condoms but you can carry water in them," he told the paper.


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Professor Asgar Ali Kalla completed his MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 1975 at the University of Cape Town and his FRCP in 2003 in London. Professor Ali Kalla is the Isaac Albow Chair of Rheumatology at the University of Cape Town and also the Head of Division of Rheumatology at Groote Schuur Hospital. He has participated in a number of clinical trials for rheumatology and is active in community outreach. Prof Ali Kalla is an expert in Arthritis for Health24.

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