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Number Of Ugandans Especially Girls Getting HIV/AIDS Every Week Increasing – Uganda Aids Commission Warns

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The Uganda Aids Commission has said that according to recent statistics,  the number of Ugandans getting HIV/AIDS every week has increased to around 80%.

The director general of Uganda Aids Commission Dr. Nelson Musoba noted that girls occupy the biggest percentage and those infected.

He added that statistics also show that men don’t want to go for testing yet most of them do check-ups on their wives.

“When women test positive and they start medicine, the men also start taking medicine with them which is also still a problem,” Musoba wondered.

While launching a campaign with Reach a Hand Uganda aimed at making sure all the youths get tested, Musoba estimated that of the 40 million people in the country, 36% of this population are adolescents and about 43% only know their HIV status.

The communication officer of Reach a Hand Uganda Nyombi Sylvester said that statistics show that more than 2000 people died of HIV/AIDS in 2017 with the biggest number being the youth.

Nyombi added that young people only test once in two years and the ‘I KNOW KATI CONCERT’ will help reach out to all the youths.

The campaign is going to spread across various districts in Uganda starting on the 25th of August in Lira.

“Because we know what  the youths want, we have decided to bring them their loved artistes like Fille, Geosteady, Gravity Omutujja, Nina Rose among others. We will also bring the pharmacies close to them so that they get tested,” he added.

Nina Rose who represented the artistes said that it’s very important to tell their fans the truth because they trust them so much.

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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New Sex Research: Semen May Actually Cure Depression/Stress In Women

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To add onto the many health benefits which come along with having sex, scientist have discovered that semen can help cure women’s depression. However, the said semen has to come from sex.

Recently, psychologists have found that a woman’s happiness levels and sleep quality could be attributed to the quantity of semen going into her body during sex. But before you toss those problematic condoms into the dustbin, here’s what you should know:

The research
A study from the State University of New York interviewed 300 women about their sexual behaviour. These women were asked to fill out an anonymous questionnaire that addressed various aspects of their sexual behaviour, including how often they had sexual intercourse, when they last had sex, and whether or not they used condoms.

What did they find?
According to the research results, the researchers found a strong relationship with the usage of condoms and the female level of depression. Females who engaged in sexual intercourse without the use of condoms exhibited significantly lower depression level when compared to those who usually or always used condoms.
The researchers took other factors into consideration, like whether or not a woman was on birth control or any other type of contraceptive, or if she was in a relationship. Only the usage of condoms seemed to be the only thing that really had a direct relationship to the woman’s mood.

How exactly does semen help?
The results of the research shows that the vagina absorbs a number of components of semen that can be detected in the bloodstream within a few hours after an intercourse.
There are six main compounds of interest in the seminal plasma (it is the fluid portion of semen) namely, cortisol, estrogen, prostaglandins, oxytocin, melatonin, and serotonin. Estrogen, oxytocin, and prostaglandins are linked to reducing the levels of stress and depression. The chemical oxytocin is said to trigger feelings of affection, which helps to promote social bonding. Melatonin is a sleep-inducing hormone and serotonin is regarded by science as the best known antidepressant neurotransmitter.

How could the benefits possibly outweigh the risks that unprotected sex holds for many people?
One of the golden rules we have learned from our childhood is, if you are going to have casual sex, you should always, ALWAYS, use protection. This is the obvious flaw in the research. Even though the researchers say that unprotected sex can reduce female depression and increase the quality of sleep, having dozens of kids and getting sexually transmitted diseases probably aren’t good for a woman’s mood or sleep schedule. Regardless of the findings, this study does not advocate that people should abstain from using condoms.
Therefore researchers only suggest this methodology if you’re a woman in a monogamous relationship and taking birth control (or if you’re planning to get pregnant). If you are someone who fall into the above said category, skipping the condom could do wonders for your mood.

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Pregnant Women And Children To Miss Out On New HIV/AIDS Drug –  Health Ministry

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The Ministry of health has revealed that pregnant women and children below 10 years will not be enrolled for the Dolutegravir drug, a new more efficient anti-HIV/AIDS.

The drug which is also known as DTG also suppresses the transmission of HIV/AIDS and it’s admission will be in a period of 18 months.

The decision follows advice from World Health Organization (WHO) after carrying out a survey in Botswana and the results indicated that the drug is dangerous to the pregnant women since it antagonizes child formation within the womb.

According to the Uganda population-based HIV Impact Assessment (UPHIA) 2017 research, out of 1.3 million people infected with HIV/AIDS, 1.14 are on treatment which is an alarming number according to Dr. Joshua Musinguzi from the ministry of health.

In the media dialogue held in Kampala, Musinguzi  has assured Ugandans that  by 2020, HIV/AIDS pandemic will be under control and by 2030 it will no longer be a public health threat especially due to the various intervention put in place to fight it as clearly shown by Statistics. Latest figures show that new cases of HIV/AIDS stood at 50,000 in 2017 from 130,000 in 2013.

Musinguzi further indicates that men make up the biggest number of deaths because they tend to shun away from treatment services as opposed to their female counterparts.

The ministry of health has put in place favorable intervention including outreach programs, over time and weekend clinics amongst others.

Other intervention put in place to fight the epidemic include scaling up the ABC program which stands for Abstinence, Be faithful and Condom use, additional interventions like safe male circumcision, elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and PREP and septrin use have also been introduced.

DTG, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Dolutegravir (DTG), sold under the brand name Tivicay, is an antiretroviral medication used, together with other medication, to treat HIV/AIDS. It may also be used, as part of post exposure prophylaxis, to prevent HIV infection following potential exposure. It is taken by mouth.

Common side effects include trouble sleeping, feeling tired, diarrhea, high blood sugar, and headache. Severe side effects may include allergic reactions and liver problems. Dolutegravir is an HIV integrase strand transfer inhibitor which blocks the functioning of HIV integrase which is needed for viral replication.

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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Looking For Love? Facebook’s Dating App Is Now In Testing

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For those of you waiting to try and find love through your social network, the Facebook dating app is now being tested internally inside the company, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. According to Techradar, Facebook has since confirmed a trial run is underway.

Screenshots captured by Wong seem to show a sign up screen where you can set your gender and location, as well as specify the sorts of people you’re interested in getting matched up with – all fairly standard for a dating app. Other options in the images seem to let you keep your normal Facebook profile and your dating Facebook profile separate.

Right now, some of Facebook’s staff in the US are putting the app through its paces, though it’s mainly to spot bugs and problems rather than set up any office romances, Facebook says. A public launch date still hasn’t been set.

How Facebook dating will work

The option to dip into dating will stay within Facebook and not appear as a separate app, the new screenshots would seem to confirm – though as we’ve said, those who want to activate the dating option will get a second profile to manage.

That should mean you can keep most of your embarrassing Facebook photos away from a potential match, at least until you’ve got to know each other a little better. If a mutual attraction is established, you and your virtual date can start messaging each other through WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.

The screens we’ve seen suggest Facebook is going for a more mature and serious dating experience than something like Tinder, though really, it’s down to the users themselves. The social network’s plans for a dating app were announced back in May.

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