The price of condoms in Puerto Rico must remain low so that the island can protect itself from the Zika virus, Nery Adames Soto, Puerto Rico’s secretary of the consumer affairs, has said.
“Every local store, gas station or business that sells these items must know that [the department of consumer affairs] will be knocking on your doors and closely monitoring this, allowing the citizens to protect themselves adequately because now is not the time to raise prices,” Soto said earlier this month.
Puerto Rico has also frozen the prices of mosquito repellant, window screens and hand sanitizers. Stores found guilty of price-gouging could be fined up to $10,000 for each violation.
Condoms joined the list after reports emerged that Zika could be spread through sexual contact. In early February, officials in Texas reported the first case of Zikacontracted in the US mainland and said that the virus was sexually transmitted.