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South African arthritis sufferers are throwing out their pills and opting to use condoms to treat their pains instead.South African arthritis sufferers are throwing out their pills and opting to use condoms to treat their pains instead. Many swear that the lubrication oils on the condoms are medicinal and rid them of their discomfort. Simply rubbing the condom on aching joints results in fast relief. Said one woman, “This oil is number one. I am tired of the pills.” Common side effects of arthritis medications are typically relatively benign like skin irritations and an upset stomach. Sometimes conditions as serious as cataracts and lymphoma can occur, requiring even more treatments and pills. Given that, who wouldn’t prefer a risk-free solution?It also doesn’t hurt that condoms are easily acquired for free. HIV infection rates in the country are among the world’s highest, so prevention advocates and health services ensure there is always an ample and accessible supply of them. Area medical professions have expressed their concerns that with all of the arthritis patients claiming the condoms there won’t be enough left over to cover their intended recipients.Many doctors have also mentioned that they’ve found no scientific basis for the claims that the lubricants soothe the aches of the arthritic.