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DRC: Reducing the HIV risk of girls living on the street

Posted by Beau Herz on May 4, 2012 0 Comments »

Sarah, 16, started sleeping on the streets of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC), when she was only eight years old. She doesn’t remember how she came to live on the streets, but thinks it was soon after her mother died.

Sarah is one of an estimated 20,000 children living rough on Kinshasa’s streets, many from homes too poor to feed them, some after being thrown out of their homes because they were accused of sorcery, while others end up on the streets as a result of the divorce and remarriage of a parent whose new partner won’t accept them. According to NGOs, about one-third of these children are girls, and around 80 percent of girls on the street make a living from sex. Read full post…

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UGANDA: HIV services in western refugee camps overwhelmed

Posted by Beau Herz on Mar 26, 2012 0 Comments »

Health workers manning five health centres in two refugee camps in the southwestern Ugandan district of Isingiro say they are overwhelmed by the high number of refugees and local residents in need of HIV services.

Severe personnel shortages in Nakivale and Oruchinga refugee settlements have led to long queues at the clinics and placed a heavy burden on the few health workers available, many of whom often have to take double shifts to meet demand.

“It’s the same staff to do ward work and carry out sensitization and awareness campaigns to increase the refugees’ understanding of HIV/AIDS, and how to prevent transmitting the disease,” said Dr Chris Omara, health coordinator for Medical Teams International (MTI), a medical NGO that works in humanitarian emergencies. Read full post…

Get Some Smoke Free E-Cigs!

Posted by admin on Mar 21, 2012 0 Comments »

In the year 2002, smoking related diseases has caused the death of over 4 million people world wide. Smoking is an epidemic and if the trend continues, by 2030 one in six people will die from smoking. It is not only bad for the smoker’s health but also harms the environment. Smoking causes cancer of the lungs, heart disease, stroke and harms the esophagus, mouth, bladder and the list goes on. It is also one of the more expensive habits and it costs an average smoker thousands of dollars per year.

Every smoker knows the harm and the many reasons to quit but it is definitely one of the hardest addiction to kick especially if the smoker has been a long time and heavy user. Close to 80% of smokers who attempt to quit, relapse in the first month and only a small percentage are able to remain smoke free.

If you are a long time smoker and have failed several times with going cold turkey, you may consider using one of the smoking cessation device. Read full post…

Tackling the last taboo

Posted by Beau Herz on Mar 4, 2012 0 Comments »

Diseases are not always as hard to defeat as tuberculosis and HIV, even when the damage they inflict is devastating. But when the disease is effectively taboo – its name an unmentionable word in polite conversation – it doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

Syphilis kills around 1 million babies a year. These babies die because their mothers have a sexually transmitted disease that often has no symptoms and is not talked about. Some survive, but are blind or deaf. It’s a terrible price to pay for our prurience.

But now the realisation that tackling syphilis will make a sizeable dent in the millennium development goal to cut child deaths has provided a big incentive to tackle the last taboo. As I wrote here last June, a study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal showed that infant deaths from syphilis could be halved by the use of a simple blood test for pregnant women and same-day antibiotic treatment.

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HIV/AIDS: Ten condom commandments

Posted by Beau Herz on Feb 28, 2012 0 Comments »

Condoms are widely promoted as one of the most effective ways of preventing the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, but a recent study has found that incorrect use of condoms is common and affects their effectiveness. 

Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction conducted a review of global literature on condom errors and problems from 1995 to 2011. IRIN/ has put together a list of suggestions based on some of the common errors reported:

Use it from beginning to end – Sometimes the condom is applied once intercourse has already started, or removed before intercourse has ended. The review found that this error was frequently reported; another common mistake was starting sex before the condom was unrolled to the base of the penis. C Read full post…

Top Electronic Cigarette Starter Kits

Posted by admin on Feb 23, 2012 0 Comments »

Before you can start enjoying the best smoking experience and all the extra benefits of using an electronic cigarette, you need to first find a high quality starter kit to use. To help you get started with switching to an electronic cigarette today, we are going to take a look at some of the best starter kits available on the market.

SmokeTip, a popular brand in the world of electronic cigarettes, has been known to be one of the best e-cig brands we have today. The two-piece design and amazing warranty for every starter kit you purchase makes SmokeTip an option worth considering nonetheless.

Another superb option to consider is V2 electronic cigarettes. V2 is also a very popular brand among e-cig users. Find a review of v2 e-cigs and you will instantly see how a V2 starter kit scores 5 out of 5 for almost every aspect reviewed.

Green Smoke electronic cigarettes are also among the options you need to consider when choosing an e-cig starter kit. Read full post…

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