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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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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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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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THE POWER OF SOUL TIES: What Every Woman Should Know Before You Have Sex With Any Man

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Sex is a tridimensional experience: spirit, soul, and body. Anytime you have sex with a person you bond with them. Whenever a person is sexually involved with another person, neurochemical changes occur in both their brains that encourage emotional behaviour, emotional bonding. Limbic bonding is the reason casual sex doesn’t really work for most people on a whole mind and body level. Two people may decide to have sex ‘just for the fun of it,’ yet something is occurring on another level that they might not have decided on at all: sex is enhancing an emotional bond between them whether they want it or not. One person, often the woman, is bound to form an attachment and will be hurt when a casual affair ends. One reason it is usually the woman who is hurt most is that the female emotional behaviours are larger than the male’s.
This is what we call soul ties. Sex is like gluing two pieces of wood together and the next day ripping them apart. Of course, wood from the opposite board remains on each board. A piece of your sex partner (the good, bad, and ugly) stays with you (and vice versa) for the rest of your life. You can only imagine what it looks like when you bond with multiple partners.
Unhealthy soul ties are often the ramifications of having partners that you create a life-long bond with through a sexual encounter(s), but with whom you only have a short-term relationship with. The bond (soul tie) remains long after the relationship is over, leaving both sexual partners longing for wholeness.

CONFESSION FROM A WOMAN IN A WRONG RELATIONSHIP
I was in a relationship where I saw no way out. A constant tug of war between my mind and my heart, there became a breaking point where I wasn’t sure if I was coming or going. The rational part of me was looking for the nearest escape every moment of every day. The emotional side, which was clearly flawed, wanted to make this man love me.
Convinced there was something I could do to get him to see that if he could focus on one woman, I could be all he ever needed. He couldn’t see it and I could no longer existence in this relationship. Yet, despite every desperate attempt to free myself from the bondage, I ended each day feeling more defeated than the previous.

Why was I so helpless when it came to this man?
Whether you’re a religious person or not, soul ties is a theory that can be explained and understood by anyone. It’s the idea that certain actions can connect you to a person and cause you to bond in a way that is not easily broken. Typically, soul ties are said to come from sex. It’s the physical act of giving yourself to another person that makes you vulnerable to such a connection.
In a healthy relationship, sexual intercourse is used to unify two people in a way that is nurturing and empowering. It is the manner in which a couple shows their love and commitment to one another. However, in a volatile, hostile or unhealthy relationship like mine, sex causes you to tie your soul to someone who is disempowering and damaged.
While it is fairly easy to recognize healthy and emotionally rich soul ties, it is not as easy to identify the unhealthy ones. As a woman who has experienced both, I offer these signs. Here is how you know you your soul is tied to an unhealthy person:

1) Intercourse isn’t an act of celebration and procreation in your relationship.
Engaging in intercourse with your partner is something that should be enjoyable. It intertwines your energies and should leave you both feeling loved, adored, appreciated and gratified. If you are engaging in intercourse with your partner, but you are left feeling hollow, unappreciated, used, or dirty, you are experiencing a negative emotional reaction to your mate in a way that should be addressed. If there is no resolution or if the reason for your experience is based on the state of the relationship, it’s time to separate.

2) You obsess over your love in a detrimental way.
Your thoughts about your partner invade your mind in a forceful way that is never positive. You constantly are dreading the next time you will be in their presence. You are haunted by the idea of what they may be doing and who they may be with, and/or you are unable to disconnect from the pain of past hurt caused by them. These feelings may exist even after the relationship has ended.

3) Without realizing it, you inherently embody their behaviors.
I remember when I left my relationship I unknowingly started treating people the same way my ex treated me. I was so tied to my ex that I had adopted his ways. They say that you have to be careful because if you lay down with dogs, you are bound to get up with fleas. This saying reminds us that there is no way around it; you will ultimately become who you exchange with in the physical sense, so be mindful about who you choose.

4) Your support base is dwindling.
My friends were exhausted trying to support me in this toxic love affair. My family was overflowing with frustration. Everyone around me could see that this relationship was dragging me down, but no one knew how to assist me. When your soul is tied to a person in a harmful way, you will drain everything around you. No matter how miserable you are, you will make excuses for why you cannot or will not leave. When pressured by those who love you, you may even be willing to terminate your relationship with them if it means you can hold on to your lover. This is the power of an unhealthy soul tie.

5) A negative soul tie is evidenced by the constant feeling of being tormented.
If you want to know if you are connected to a person in a destructive way, monitor how you feel on a daily basis. Examine how you feel in their company. If you are living in a constant state of sadness, hopelessness, confinement, and depression, you’re bonded to your partner in a several unhealthy ways. A negative soul tie will cause you to believe that love is supposed to feel like sadness and misery, where you are unable to see no light at the end of the tunnel.

The feeling or attempt to disconnect yourself from someone is the first sign that something isn’t right. We do not separate or distance ourselves from the things that bring us pleasure. The upside is that there is hope for severing the connection. It begins with a decision to live and love differently. Know that just as daunting as negative soul ties can be, positive soul ties are equally as powerful.
Tying yourself to the wrong person is the most influential love lesson you will learn in this lifetime. It prepares you for the world in a way that only pain and heartache can. The beauty is it teaches you everything that love is not, and moving forward you get to choose differently.

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