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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Taking Recycling Too Far…

posted by on November 14 at 11:17 AM

…in China:

Used condoms are being recycled into hair bands in southern China, threatening to spread sexually-transmittable diseases they were originally meant to prevent, state media reported Tuesday.

In the latest example of potentially harmful Chinese-made products, rubber hair bands have been found in local markets and beauty salons in Dongguan and Guangzhou cities in southern Guangdong province, China Daily newspaper said.

“These cheap and colourful rubber bands and hair ties sell well … threatening the health of local people,” it said.

Despite being recycled, the hair bands could still contain bacteria and viruses, it said.

People could be infected with AIDS, (genital) warts or other diseases if they hold the rubber bands or strings in their mouths while waving their hair into plaits or buns,” the paper quoted a local dermatologist who gave only his surname, Dong, as saying.

Update: A number of Slog commenters think the story is a fraud, much like July’s Chinese Cardboard Bun Hoax. Which certainly seems possible.

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So, the jury is still out on HIV from blowjobs, but HIV from used condoms in your mouth is a known transmission source? I'm glad I got that question answered.

Posted by otter | November 14, 2007 11:25 AM

I call bullshit.

Posted by Fnarf | November 14, 2007 11:29 AM

Well, it depends on open cuts and sores. If you are a meth addict, you should not perform blowjobs, for example, as that increases your risk of AIDS/HIV.

Same goes if you have herpes and open sores in your mouth, or active lesions of any kind. Piercings increase your risk factor too.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 14, 2007 11:29 AM

What Fnarf said.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 14, 2007 11:32 AM

Holy disgusting fuck!

Seriously China! Are you that ignorant, or do you really hate your people as much as I suspect you do.

Posted by scared | November 14, 2007 11:32 AM

Hey, if Dong says it's true...

Dong? DONG? Where is grandpa's automobile?

Posted by monkey | November 14, 2007 11:35 AM

Yet another reason not to buy crap that has "made in China" on it.

Posted by Sierra | November 14, 2007 11:42 AM

hahahahaha, you said DONG!!!

Posted by josh bomb | November 14, 2007 11:42 AM

Okay seriously? I think this whole thing is retarded. A#1, where the hell are they getting the condoms from? Are there used condom nabbers who root for them in the trash? A#2 don't they have to do some processing to make them into rubber bands? At the very least, wouldn't they at least ... wash them? A#3 what STD is so potent that it would remain after days of oxygen and washing?

This whole story is crap.

Posted by arduous | November 14, 2007 11:44 AM

I have one in my mouth right now, it tastes fine.

Posted by Sally Struthers Lawnchair | November 14, 2007 11:50 AM

"In the latest example of potentially harmful Chinese-made products" -- c'mon, folks, you're being conned here.

For starters, prove to me that the cost of the rubber in hair bands is a significant part of the costs of the manufacturer -- and that it's more than the cost of collecting used condoms (from where?).

We happen to be in the middle of a media-generated hysteria over Chinese products, and another desperate "journalist" has made some shit up to try and get picked up on the wire. It's happened before.

The condoms on display on the woman's hat in the AFP story are spectacularly unlikely to be used ones. Condoms are free in China.

Posted by Fnarf | November 14, 2007 11:51 AM

I call bullshit as well.

Remember the putting cardboard in food story a few months back?

Posted by Chinaman | November 14, 2007 11:51 AM

OK, STDs aside, this is just plain NASTY! Semen is biowaste. In its decay other microbes join the party.
Don't want that in my hair, mouth, or anywhere near me, thank you very much.

Posted by Madashell | November 14, 2007 11:54 AM

Actually the AFP caption for the hat is, "Clothing decorated with condoms seen at the 4th China Reproductive Health New Technologies and Products Expo in Beijing."

This is not even one of the examples of recycled condom hairbands. It's just a picture of a Chinese person wearing a condom hat to PROMOTE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH at a REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EXPO.

Posted by arduous | November 14, 2007 11:56 AM

Hey, hold on and give credit where credit is due. Here's one chinese product that isn't coated in lead or butyl diol.

Posted by kinaidos | November 14, 2007 12:03 PM

@15 - depends on who it was in.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 14, 2007 12:11 PM

They're a bunch of dickheads.

Posted by inkweary | November 14, 2007 12:40 PM

Does nobody remember this? #11 nailed it, we're in the middle of a pretty extensive anti-China media blitz. I'm calling shenanigans on this one.

Posted by T | November 14, 2007 12:42 PM

I'm just waiting for some Senators to smash a bunch of Chinese stuff on the steps of the Senate, like they did with Toshiba radios twenty years ago. Pointless, wrong-headed gestures? Sure, we can do that.

Posted by Fnarf | November 14, 2007 12:58 PM

What are the chances that they're sold alongside bags of white jellybeans?

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | November 14, 2007 1:01 PM

If the surname "Dong" isn't a dead give away for BS, I don't know what is. That or I'm an insensitive racist and it's coincidental :P

Posted by The CHZA | November 14, 2007 7:06 PM

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