Marie Stopes Uganda has been dragged to courts of law for allegedly supplying fake lifeguard condoms that left users with sexually transmitted diseases as well as the dreaded incurable HIV.
The non-governmental organisation offers reproductive health services with Life Guard condoms being part of the services.
Joseph Kintu and Sulaiman Balinya have lodged a law suit at the Civil Division of the High Court claiming Marie Stopes negligently distributed the fake condoms which they used thus leading them to contract HIV, a lifetime disease and gonorrhoea.
Through their lawyers of Ojok Advocates, Kintu wants Shs19m while Balinya wants Shs3m as damages.
Kintu claims that in October 1, 2019, he bought a packet of Life Guard condoms batch No 1904205 from a drug shop in Kapeka, Nakaseke District to protect himself against STDs.
The condom broke during the act of sex hence exposing him to unprotected sex.
He tested HIV negative twice in June and September 2019 but tested HIV positive on November 6, 2019.
Balinya on October 22, 2019, bought Life Guard condoms batch number 19050105 from Shifa Pharmacy in Ibanda town.
He realised that the condom had broken and was leaking after sex.
On October 24, 2019, he felt lots of pain in his private parts.
He thus went to Ruhooko Health Centre IV in Ibanda for treatment where he was tested and diagnosed with gonorrhoea.
The pair later found out through the media that the said batch of Life Guard condoms had been recalled by the National Drug Authority (NDA) for being defective and having been illegally distributed by Marie Stopes.
Kintu said he contracted HIV which he inadvertently transmitted to his wife and as a result has suffered mental anguish and inconvenience.
Balinya, on the other hand, contracted gonorrhoea and is suffering immense pain.