A PUBLIC health specialist has warned against the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as licence to having unprotected sex. Brigadier General Dr Lawson Simapuka says that even though chances of contracting HIV are reduced by a huge margin when one is taking PrEP, precautions against contraction of HIV should be adhered to. Dr Simapuka, who is also Texila American University Assistant Professor of Public Health has emphasized the need for combined preventive measures, which include PrEP, male circumcision, use of condoms, and abstinence.
Dr Simapuka has also advised discordant couples to take extra precaution in ensuring HIV negative partners maintain their status. He said that in the case of discordant couples – where one is HIV positive and the other HIV negative – consistency in taking medication is highly recommended. That means Anti-retro-viral therapy for the HIV positive person and PrEP for the HIV negative partner. He added that consistency in taking medication suppresses the viral load in the blood, thereby further reducing chances of transmission of the virus to the HIV negative partner. Dr Simapuka further called on discordant couples to seek medical advise when they decide to have children. He said when all precautions are adhered to, the couple can have healthy, HIV negative children. He further called on HIV negative partners to support their HIV positive partners and ensure all doctor’s appointments are met.
Brigadier General Simapuka has also advised people living with HIV to maintain a healthy lifestyle by avoiding high intake of alcohol, cessation of smoking, maintaining a balanced diet and avoid obesity. He also insisted on the need to completely end the stigma that still surrounds HIV.
Zambian truck driver burns to death 2 days after celebrating birthday
A ZAMBIAN truck driver has been burnt to death after a fuel truck he was driving caught fire, reports have indicated.
Simon Mulonga, an employee of Juba Transport is said to have died in Zimbabwe where the accident happened.
He celebrated his birthday on Saturday.
It is not immediately clear what caused the fire.
Mulonga was married to journalist Chikumbi Katebe.
Zambian Fashion Designer Juliet Mayida Jacobs nominated for three awards at this year’s Designers Award Africa.
ZAMBIAN Fashion Designer Juliet Mayida Jacobs of Interfashional Africa has been nominated for three (3) awards at this year’s Designers Award Africa.
(i) African Fashion Brand of the Year
(ii) African Female Designer of the Year
(iii) African Fashion Stylist of the Year Female.
Juliet Mayida Jacobs is former runway model, international pageant judge, Last year’s Zambia fashion week challenge winner and she recently showcased at this year’s Lusaka July in September.
Voting for Designers Award Africa starts on the 27th of September and will close on the 26th of October 2020. – https://elfrique.com/s/DAA
INSTAGRAM; @juliet_jacobs & @interfashional_africa
RTSA calls for safety of pupils as Schools open on Monday
In a statement, RTSA Head of Public Relations Fredrick Mubanga also cautioned against the use of unsafe vehicles such as open vans and tracks to transport children to schools.
He said the increase in the number of vehicles on the road during this period poses a great risk to all road users if traffic rules and regulations are not adhered to.
And Mubanga has appealed to all Public Service Vehicle (PSV) drivers to observe appropriate speed limits.
He further implored PSV drivers to observe public health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among the travelling public.