How Prostitution and Destitution have taken the highest toll in Juba, South Sudan

Posted: March 26, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Health, Junub Sudan, Pal Chol Nyan

By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

HIV-AIDS prevention: Thank to PrEP and PEP, you can protect yourself and love ones from HIV/AIDS

Thank to PrEP and PEP, you can protect yourself and love ones from HIV/AIDS

March 26, 2018 (SSB) — With war and hunger; everything is possible. We cannot be surprised to see the ills now happening. Poverty is the cause of all evils. It is the cost of prostitution which brings about transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.

It is good to bring it to the attention of those who want to live long that it is not only HIV/AIDS that is sexually transmitted. Hepatitis B and C are also transmitted through sex, blood transfusion and sharing of sharp needles just like HIV/AIDS. They have different ways of leading to death. B causes liver cirrhosis and C causes cancer of the liver.

There are also other sexually transmitted infections like syphilis and gonorrhea besides other viral infections sexually transmitted too. They are many. We need to be careful and stick to our partners. Why do people want to die when they know the cause?  I know we are mortals and will eventually die no matter how long we live on earth but let us help God to safeguard our lives.

Love of money, Excessive lust for unprotected sex, promiscuous activities; that is having many sexual partners are risk factors in transmission of STIs. Some are treatable but if left untreated, they cause sterility in both males and females especially urethral gonococcus which causes pelvic inflammatory infections usually abbreviated as PID.

Chlamydia is easy to treat if detected earlier. The statistics now according to the department of HIV /AIDs, the rate of new infections rise as each day passes. HIV/Aids cannot be completely treated but prevented by observing ABC (Abstention, Be faithful and use Condom). The Antiretroviral drugs do not cure Aids; they strengthen the immunity mainly CD4 loosely translated for cluster of differentiation. It is a type of a lymphocyte that AIDS attack.

In Juba, there are many lodges; they are used to practice sex outside marriages instead of them being used by tourists and for commercial purposes now overridden by unlawful sexual malpractices. It is called prostitution if you meet or sleep with more than one person. It is not a term for women or ladies alone. Men, too like practicing unprotected sex and the risk of infections are higher especially in uncircumcised men. It is observed that men with their foreskin not cut are prone to higher risk of infections than the ones circumcised.

In the foreskin is a cell called Langerhan’s cells which create a conducive atmosphere for the viruses. Once cut, it reduces the risk, scientists observed. It is this hunger that brings about prostitution and theft. Families are broken up. Women cannot feed the kids alone.

They have to use whatever means including to the lodges to secure a meal for the kids, change their smartphones and go to saloon. Let us protect ourselves from sexually transmitted infections by being faithful or abstain. What is the role of the Municipality in this case? Our social norms and traditions are already under attack.

The author, Pal Chol Nyan, is a Graduate from the College of Radiological Medical Sciences from Sudan University of Sciences and Technology. He also holds a Diploma in Teaching Methodology and a Diploma in General Medical Sciences. He was a red army soldier, a former Primary school teacher, currently serving as a General Medical Practitioner in Juba Teaching Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. He is a columnist with local newspapers in Juba/South Sudan and contributes in many websites about social, security and economic. You can reach him via his email: palcholnyan2016@gmail.com

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