Used Condoms Recycled Into Hair Bands?

Used condoms as hair bands? We're all for recycling and everything, but this story pushes boundaries of good taste... and public health.

China Daily says that used condoms are being recycled and sold as hair bands in China. The condom bands are cheaper then bands that were not formerly prophylactics. The recycled condoms are quite popular, but risk infecting users with the diseases that they were meant to prevent.

People could be infected with AIDS, warts or other diseases if they hold the rubber bands or strings in their mouths while weaving their hair into plaits or buns," the paper quoted a local dermatologist as saying.

That's just nasty. We wonder if this story will turn out like the cardboard food scandal.

[via consumerist]

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