There are a couple of options—some hi-tech expensive and not available in Malawi and some full proof and some a bit controversial and risky. Spermwashing, for instance, involves removing the seminal fluid surrounding a sperm, and then implanting that sperm in one of the female’s eggs. HIV is carried by seminal fluid, but not by…

There are a couple of options—some hi-tech expensive and not available in Malawi and some full proof and some a bit controversial and risky. Spermwashing, for instance involves removing the seminal fluid surrounding a sperm, and then implanting that sperm in one of the female’s eggs. HIV is carried by seminal fluid, but not by…

Antiretroviral regimens are usually changed for one or more of the following reasons: an unacceptable level of drug toxicities and/or side-effects; problems with adherence; failure to control viral load; not effective drug combination; change in medical condition and/or acquisition of other illness. Regimen change can include: selecting all new drugs; adding an agent from a…

An evaluation of eight rapid diagnostic tests widely used in a variety of African countries by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) shows that the tests vary in their performance, with false positive results being a concern. Samples from some geographical locations were more likely to have false positive results than others, suggesting that tests need to…

If you believed everything that came through on the Internet, we would all be beneficiaries of millions of dollars left by a Nigerian prince! The Internet is plagued with lies and misinformation  peddled by frauds and quacks such as bananas can cure Aids; Aids is a myth; a concoction of garlic, olive oil, beetroot, and…

A friend sent me a Whatsapp the other day of a centre in Kenya that does health screening for domestic workers. The centre tests for HIV, syphilis, urine analysis. My reaction—this is so wrong—it is abuse of human rights and extremely unethical and illegal! I was even more horrified when she told me apparently this…

It is scientifically accepted that circumcision reduces men acquiring HIV by approximately 60 percent! However, a number of proponents against circumcision say that the message gets lost in translation and that men assume that they cannot acquire HIV and hence, practice more risky behaviour after getting circumcised. Well, there is very good evidence now that…

  People at high risk of contracting HIV can significantly lower their chances of getting the virus with a daily pill known as PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, medicine. While this innovation has led to lower rates of new HIV cases among some, others can’t stick to the once-a-day regimen, prompting scientists to search for a…

  Daily rinsing and gargling with Listerine mouthwash could help control the spread of gonorrhoea, a study in Australia has found. Gonorrhoea is a mild, sometimes asymptomatic bacterial infection that can cause infertility, sterility and even death in rare cases. The bacterial infection also increases the risk of contracting HIV. Gonorrhoea can easily be passed…

  If you believed everything that came through on the Internet, we would all be beneficiaries of millions of dollars left by a Nigerian prince! The Internet is plagued with lies and misinformation  peddled by frauds and quacks such as bananas can cure Aids; Aids is a myth; a concoction of garlic, olive oil, beetroot,…

I like it when readers correct me. It means people do read the column and that they value the importance of correct information being presented. A reader, Peter Nyasulu wrote me this e-mail. Hie Muza, I write to respond to your article on the above topic which appeared in Weekend Nation newspaper. You should add…

Hands up! How many of you shave your pubic hair? Do you just trim the hedges or do you get in there with a razor and aim for a barren landscape….or maybe you wax it to a denuded valley! And men I am looking at you too…shaving is not just a woman thing! Researchers at…

A number of studies have found that African women engage in transactional sex which can be defined as “non-commercial, non-marital sexual relationships motivated by the implicit assumption that sex will be exchanged for material support or other benefits”. An analysis of 339 research articles on the nature and motivations for women’s participation in transactional sex…

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacteria treponema pallidium. It is passed on via unprotected sex (sex without a condom) and by sharing sex toys. Safer sex is the best way to prevent syphilis. This means using a condom every time you have sex (vaginal, anal or oral). Other ways to…

Paradise or persecution’ is a campaign by the International HIV/Aids Alliance. Actually, it is an online quiz (paradiseorpersecution.com) which aims to raise awareness of the more than 75 countries in the world that criminalise people on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The online quiz highlights some of the dream holiday destinations…

I want to thank Moses Luhanga for sharing information about Community anti-retroviral therapy (ART) Groups (CAGs). A lot of information in this article today is based on the information he shared and an Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) report Community ART Group (CAG) Toolkit Lessons Learnt from Implementing CAGs in Thyolo, Malawi, Bringing Treatment Closer to…