Straight Talk, March-April 2011
It iseither afemaleor malecondom,not both
Genital herpes is a commonSTD passed on through directcontact with an infected person. The fluid within the blisters is full of thevirus that causes genital herpes andis very infectious. Once a personhas herpes they have the virus forthe rest of their life. Genital herpesproduces sores in and around thevaginal area, the penis, the anus,and on the buttocks or thighs. Soresmay appear in other areas if thevirus comes in contact with breaksin the skin. The sores appear near where the virus has entered thebody, such as the mouth, penis, orvagina. They also can be inside thevagina and on the cervix in women,or in the urinary passage of womenand men. A person may be infected,but have no symptoms. This meansthat a person with no obvious sorescan spread thedisease.
that later turn intoblisters filled with fluid
in the genital oranal area
buttocks, orgenital area
Thinking aboutsex? That is ok (normal and natural!)But this thoughts don'tmean having sex. Wait. You have the ability tocontrol those feelings.In the meantime, let's talk about condoms toequip you for safer sex in future.
A girl, 16, from BoomaInternational School,Mbarara has a question:
Jacky is a young lady living with HIV. She likes sharing her story.Recently she got malaria and fell very sick. This got her thinking aboutthe importance of sleeping under a treated mosquito net. She wasrushed to hospital immediately. She is now fine and has been busyanswering your letters and phone calls.
If a girl wears afemale condomand the boy doesn't wear amale condom, ishe protected?"
If a girl wearsa femalecondom, theboy shouldn'twear the malecondom. It iseither a male orfemale condombut never both.When usedconsistently andcorrectly, condoms prevent thesexual transmission of HIVduring sex. They also preventpregnancy, other STIs andrisk of getting cervicalcancer.
The main reason condomsfail is improper use.Learn to use condomsproperly:
•Use a new condom for
every time you have sex
from start to nish.•Before sexual contact, put the
condom on the tip of the erectpenis with the rolled side out.
•Holding the tip, unroll the
condom all the way to thebase of the erect penis.
•After ejaculation and before
the penis gets soft, hold the rim of the condom andcarefully withdraw the penisfrom the vagina. Then gentlypull the condom off the penis,making sure that semendoesn't pour out.
•Wrap the condom in tissue
and throw it in the dustbin ora pit latrine.
•If you feel the condom break
at any point during sex, stopimmediately. Withdraw andremove the broken
dry to prevent other infections from developing
with the sores
time you first feel any symptomsuntil the sores are completely healed (that is, the scab has fallenoff and new skin has formed where the sore was)
during sex for added protection from the virusTreatmentincludes amedicationcalledacyclovirthat stops thevirus fromreproducingitself. It doesnot removethe virus fromthe body.
S t ick to your NO
- Don' t gi ve in to an y threa ts. Ek yasiimire Joani tah, 17, S4, S t Aga tha k abale
People with genital herpes are four times morelikely to have HIV. If you think you have symptomsof herpes, seek counselling and treatment from thenearest health centre.
Dr Sabrina Kitaka, Mulago Hospital
condom. Put on anew condom.
•Condoms shouldNEVER be RE-USED
or used after theexpiration date on thepackage.
•Avoid having sex
when you are drunk to enable you usecondoms correctly.
Hi Jacky, am impressed by whatyou're doing. Pliz call me, I've aserious problem."'Following the headline that said "Am a free girl now", some of youexpressed interests of dating me.But actually the meaning of thatheadline was about disclosureof my HIV status. I meant thatI was now free with myself andeveryone else. I no longer fearto go for treatment or takemy medicine because peoplewill see me at the clinic orknow that I am on ARVs.Also, I am in a relationship.
Do you havequestions forJacky?
Send themto PO Box 22366,KAMPALA She says: "Thank you all who calledor sent me SMS asking for advice.It was a great pleasure hearingfrom you and being able to sharewith you my story of living with HIV. Together we can stop HIV. Manyof you appreciated my decision of disclosure.These aresome of SMS Ireceived: "Hi Jacky, u maynot know how bigyour personal storyis changing people'sattitudes about HIVand those living withthe virus. It's reallya great job you’redoing."“Hi Jacky, I luv u 4being brave.Thanks 4saving someone's life.Hope you're fine.”
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