HIV SELF-TESTING: A PROMISING ALTERNATIVE TO HIV TESTING

Having claimed around 40.1 million lives so far, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) continues to be a major global health threat. In 2021, 1.5 million people acquired HIV and 650000 people died due to HIV related causes. Globally, two-thirds of people living with HIV at the end of 2021 were in the World Health Organization (WHO) …

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HIV Infection and Testing

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Infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) weakens the immune system overtime  and makes it defenseless against many infections (which a healthy immune system can fight off) and some types of cancer. AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency  syndrome) is the most advanced stage of  HIV which can take many years to emerge if not treated. AIDS is …

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Covid-19 crisis: all you need to know about available vaccines.

The Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) crisis has created an unprecedented need for vaccines globally. As vaccines are being developed rapidly and approved without compromising clinical trial protocols, there are concerns of equitable distribution. Wealthy nations represent just 16% of the world’s population, but they have bought more than half of global SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses. At the time …

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Lymphogranuloma Venereum Proctocolitis (LVG) in Africa

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Lymphogranuloma Venereum Proctocolitis (LVG) is a disease caused by a bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis.  The bacterium comes in three variations, L1, L2, and L3, and is transmitted sexually. In Africa, the condition is prevalent among men who have sex with other men and women receptive to anal sex.  Prevalence of the disease in Africa World …

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases to Babies

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Sexually transmitted diseases as the name suggests, are transmitted through sexual contact. In sub-Saharan Africa, Statistics show that sexually transmitted diseases are among the main reasons why most people seek medical care.  However, this statistics largely refer to men, and reveals that women in these regions are slow to seek medical attention in regard to …

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Sierra Leone: Innovative Sexual Health App to Help Prevent A Surge In Teenage
Pregnancy Due To COVID-19

Sierra Leone: Innovative Sexual Health App to Help Prevent A Surge In Teenage
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COVID-19 pandemic is changing the world in unprecedented ways and Sierra Leone is not exceptional.  During the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak the country went into a nine-month lockdown, which led to an upsurge in the number of pregnancies among girls and youthful women. This was because of economic hardship, school closure, and increased sexual abuse (both …

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How Aware are Africans of STDs? Take a Look At This Recent Survey

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STDs are a massive health burden, particularly in low-income regions like the African continent. They’ve also had massive economic and social consequences.  Recently, however, more countries and organizations have organized courses, centers, and volunteers to educate the African population on STDs’ importance, like syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, etc. In some areas, the infection rates have been …

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Things Are Elephant: The Effect of COVID-19 in Nairobi Low-Income Areas

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The containment measures implemented by both the national government, coupled up by the Nairobi Metropolitan area curfew, have rendered nearly 30% of low-income earners jobless, a report has revealed. A recent report by TIFA shows that over 2.5 million low-income earners in Nairobi have had their source of livelihood interrupted because of the lockdown. This …

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Risks Factors for Coerced Sex Among Female Youth in Ghana

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High rates of coerced sex among female youth in Ghana remains a huge public health concern.  Sexual victimization is recognized as a human right violation and also as the main threat to the wellness of females. It’s experiences have adverse mental, physical, and behavioral consequences that have been reported by studies across the world. The …

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Sex Workers in Africa Lack Food for Taking HIV Drugs During Coronavirus Outbreak

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Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, people of all the occupations and professions from across the world are affected. The pandemic has now become a global crisis and threatens in various ways. But specifically, the people of Africa are in the flames who work on the streets to earn their living. Many sex workers from …

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