#GoodNews: If Your Virus Is Undetectable, You Cant Transmit HIV

ACCORDING to 20 years of research and evidence, HIV treatment is highly effective in reducing the transmission of HIV. People living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy who have an undetectable level of HIV in their blood have a negligible risk of transmitting HIV sexually. According to the UNAIDS, three large studies of sexual HIV transmission among thousands of couples, one partner of which was living with HIV and the other was not, were undertaken between 2007 and 2016. In those studies, there was not a single case of sexual transmission…

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Infertility Affects Men As Much As Women, says Zim First Lady

ZIMBABWEANS have been urged to stop the blame game biased towards females being the infertile. By Kudakwashe Pembere Addressing media at a Merck Media Training on Infertility, Zimbabwe’s First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa said it should be made known through media that males can also be sterile. “We want the media to bring out the message that Infertility affects men and women. This cannot be a blame game yet women bear the brunt of this game,” said the First Lady. She said this breeds sexual or physical abuse, abuse or isolation…

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Switzerland Boost Funding For AIDS, TB and Malaria

THE Swiss government is stepping up support for the fight against infectious diseases by contributing nearly CHF100 million ($102 million) to UN health agencies. By Michael Gwarisa The Federal Council on 21 August 2019 approved a contribution of CHF64 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) for the 2020–22 period and a further CHF30 million for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) for the 2019–21 period. Speaking to HealthTimes, The Swiss Embassy in Zimbabwe said the Global Fund was one of Switzerland’s…

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African & Asian Parliamentarians Meeting Sets Tone For ICPD Conference

THE African and Asian Parliamentarians meeting on Populations and Development for ICPD+25 which was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania has set the tone for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) to be held in Narobi, Kenya. By Michael Gwarisa The conference which was held from 5 to 6 August 2019 served as a platform to gather the opinions and set of proposed actions of parliamentarians in the Asia and Africa regions. Osamu Kusumoto, the Executive Director and Secretary General  for Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) said…

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Zim Prepared To Deal With Ebola- Gvt

ZIMBABWE just like any other country in the region, is not safe from the Ebola outbreak which has already been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO), a top government official has said. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr Agnes Mahomva said Zimbabwe takes the WHO Ebola warning seriously. We stand very much guided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) we know they are a strong technical arm of the world…

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South African Doctor Cures Deafness In World First Middle Ear Transplant Using 3D Technology

A South African doctor and his team successfully pioneered a transplant of a patient’s middle ear using 3D technology to cure his deafness, making it the first in the world. This groundbreaking procedure offers hope to many of those who suffer from loss of hearing. The first patient to receive the transplant was a 35-year-old man who suffered hearing loss as a result of a car accident that damaged his inner ear, according to a press release by the South African Government. The operation was performed by Professor Mashudu Tshifularo and…

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Transgender Women At High Risk Of Cervical Cancer- Study

A new study has revealed that Transgender women receiving hormonal therapy are at greater risk of developing breast cancer. The study dubbed “Breast Cancer Risk in transgender people receiving hormone treatment” has revealed that there was an increased risk of breast cancer in trans women compared with cisgender men, and a lower risk in trans men compared with cisgender women. In trans women, the risk of breast cancer increased during a relatively short duration of hormone treatment and the characteristics of the breast cancer resembled a more female pattern. Most…

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Adolescents Birth Rate Rises In Zim…Despite Increase In Contraceptives Coverage

ZIMBABWE has progressed in availing modern contraceptive methods to its population from 42% percent in 1994 to 67% in 2018, while the fertility rate has declined from 4.3% to 4 percent in 2018, the 2019 State of the World Population (SWOP) report has revealed. By Michael Gwarisa Giving the findings of the SWOP 2019 report, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Director, Mr Charles Mujajati said it was government’s mandate to  ensure they are growing the economy faster than they are growing the population  and the only way that can…

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US Gvt Withholds Funding To NGOS Supporting Abortion

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will withhold funding from foreign nongovernmental organizations that give money to foreign groups that perform abortions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday. SOURCE: New York Times In an expansion of the administration’s anti-abortion policies, Mr. Pompeo also said the government was “fully enforcing” a law that prohibits groups from using United States aid to lobby on abortion issues. “We will enforce a strict prohibition on backdoor funding schemes and end-runs around our policy,” Mr. Pompeo said. “American taxpayer dollars will not be used…

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Over 1 Million STIs Acquired Daily

AN estimated 357 million new infections with 1 of 4 STIs namely chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and trichomoniasis are contracted each year amidst indications that more than million new STIs are acquired daily, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. HealthTimes Reporter According to a research by WHO, more than 290 million women have a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and the majority of STIs have no symptoms or only mild symptoms that may not be recognized as an STI. “STIs such as HSV type 2 and syphilis can increase the risk…

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