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Gonorrhoea is a common bacterial infection. Anyone who is sexually active can catch gonorrhoea. Gonorrhoea is caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoea that is found in semen and vaginal fluid of people who have the infection.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (commonly known as HIV) is a virus that damages the body’s immune system so it cannot fight off infections. HIV lives in the blood and some bodily fluids (semen, including pre-cum, and vaginal fluids).
Pubic lice are very small, crab-like parasitic insects which live on the pubic hair and survive on human blood. Pubic lice are not necessarily sexually transmitted but are passed on through close bodily contact, including vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
Syphilis is caused by a bacteria called treponema pallidum and is easily passed from one person to another through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex or sharing sex toys.
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a tiny parasite called trichomonas vaginalis (TV) and infects the vagina and urethra.
Despite Ravat Village being located approximately 30 minutes' drive from the capital, a lack of access to transportation and subsequent stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic have left many communities further isolated.
Women and children are the most vulnerable in every humanitarian crisis. The earthquake in West Sulawesi, which took place in January, was no different. A young Indonesian mother, Herlina shares her story on being displaced whilst breastfeeding her newborn baby.
At 26, Julonna Peterson of St Vincent is one of the youngest executive directors of an IPPF Member Association. Driven by a passion for volunteering and helping others, Julonna’s immediate focus upon taking up the role in January 2021 was to coordinate and manage an emergency response following the devastating volcanic eruption on the island.
Like many of our Member Associations, Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ), acted swiftly in March 2020 to develop a new and efficient strategic approach to healthcare delivery for its clients. PPAZ introduced an initiative that, for the first time, offered self-managed contraceptive care to women and young people.
There is no doubt that self-care is an essential part of your health. It is sometimes more frequently associated with mental health, but it can also play a big role towards improving physical health and wellbeing too.