Medical personnel warns IDPs over STIs

By: Peter Gatkuoth

A medical personnel has warned the people living in Protection of Civilian Sites (POCs) in Juba against Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs).

Speaking to IDPs at Bentiu protection sites, Medical Doctor for United Nations for Population Fund (UNFPA) Dr. Joseph Panyuan Puok said social life at POCs across the country needs caution and attention from the residents.

Puok said fighting early pregnancy among young girls and promiscuous behavior within POCs remain critical challenges that could trigger the spread of STIs, if not addressed, adding that there is possibility of at least one in ten people living at the protection sites having STIs when tested.

 ‘’If I count about nine people among you and I take  them for medical checkup in the clinic we shall find one or two people will be found positive of any sexual transmitted diseases,” said Panyuan.

 He encouraged the IDPs for regular medical checkup for them to know their status and start early treatment when found positive.

Puok urged POCs residents keep up with their health statuses by going to health centers for regular testing.

There were 200,000 people living with HIV in 2016, among whom ten percent were accessing antiretroviral therapy.

 By 2020, 90% of people living with HIV will know their HIV status and 90% of people with HIV will be accessing treatment.

These include HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, syphilis and others. HIV/AIDS is one of the deadly diseases that can be caused by unprotected sex, razorblade and infected blood or needle.

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