Scotland offers free abortions to women from Northern Ireland

Nov 7, 2017 0

Women from Northern Ireland can now have free abortions through the NHS in Scotland. Abortions are illegal in Northern Ireland except for cases where the woman’s health is at risk. That has led to women travelling to Great Britain, where they have had to pay for terminations. New regulations allowing women from Northern Ireland to access abortion services in Scotland come into force on Monday. ...

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Australia: Gonorrhoea cases increase by 63% in the past five years-study

Nov 7, 2017 0

The number of cases of gonorrhoea in Australia has soared by 63% in the past five years, a new study has found. Australian researchers say the rise in gonorrhoea diagnoses was led by an increase in infection in young heterosexual city dwellers. However the reasons for the dramatic increase are unclear, researchers say. Changes in sexual behaviour or a particular strain of the infection could be behind the rise, researchers told AAP. Gonorrhoea can infect the genitals, rectum and throat, and is treatable with antibiotics. “Up until recently, gonorrhoea had been uncommon in young heterosexual people living in major cities,” said associate professor at the University of New South Wales, Rebecca Guy, one of the study’s authors. “Rising rates in this group highlight the need for initiatives to raise awareness among clinicians and young people about the importance of testing. ...

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51 percent of Nigerian women girls have sex before the age of 18

Oct 27, 2017 0

According to the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Idris, about 51 percent of Nigerian girls are exposed to sex before the age of 18 years. The figure for Lagos State is about 24.5 percent, a big surprise. He made these revelations while speaking at the National Institute of International Affairs , Victoria Island, Lagos on “Reproductive Health: Beyond cultural limitations and concerns.” ...

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India: Rape- Uncle did not father child’s baby – DNA test

Sep 13, 2017 0

Police in India have reopened the case of a 10-year-old girl after forensic tests revealed that her baby’s DNA samples did not match those of her uncle who is charged with raping her. After the Supreme Court denied her permission to abort, she gave birth to a baby girl last month.  The 10-year-old was not aware of her pregnancy. She was told her bulge was because she had a stone in her stomach. She alleges she was raped several times in the past seven months by the uncle. The accused, which is in his 40s, was arrested and is being tried in a special court dealing with crimes against children. ...

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 Rwanda: Teen Pregnancies- Women’s Council to Focus on fighting unwanted pregnancies in 2018

Sep 12, 2017 0

The National Women’s Council’s main focus for 2018 will be fighting unwanted pregnancies among girls in the country. The remarks were made yesterday during the council’s general assembly meeting in Kigali. The meeting was convened to reflect on what was achieved in 2016/2017 as well as looking at the priorities for the remaining part of 2017 and 2018. Aurore Umuhoza, the coordinator of the National Women Council in Kigali said after the meeting that many different things that were planned by the council for 2016/2017 was achieved and where that more efforts were needed were fighting early unwanted pregnancies among the girls. ...

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Nigeria: Oral Sex- Human Papiloma virus found in human throat – Gynecologist Warns

Sep 7, 2017 0

A professor, Adegboyega Fawole of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, UITH, has warned that Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) has been found in the throat of people engaging in oral sex. Mr. Fawole, who is of the Department of Gynaecology, UITH, told the press of Nigeria in Ilorin on Tuesday that HPV, was mostly sexually transmitted. He said that the virus caused almost all cases of cervical cancer and could cause genital warts and anal cancer. ...

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Africa: Adolescents Lead in HIV Infection Rate

Sep 5, 2017 0

An adolescent is the only age group where HIV rates are increasing faster in Africa, according to medical experts. HIV and full-blown Aids is also the biggest killer of adolescents in the continent, they said ahead of a regional conference starting here today (Monday) on how to protect children from HIV. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by next year at least 1.8 million children will be on treatment from the sexually transmitted disease by next year. For Tanzania, recent statistics by Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation (EGPAF) indicate that out of the 1.4 million people living with HIV, 91,000 of them were children aged O to 14 years. ...

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 India rape victim, 13, seeks court approval for abortion

Aug 29, 2017 0

The parents of a pregnant 13-year-old rape victim from the Indian city of Mumbai have gone to the Supreme Court seeking permission to abort her baby.  The girl is 30 weeks pregnant. Indian law allows terminations after 20 weeks only if the mother’s life is in danger.  The pregnancy was discovered after her parents took her to a doctor to seek treatment for obesity.  The girl alleges she was raped by her father’s colleague, who has been arrested. Her case comes just days after a 10-year-old, also a rape victim, gave birth to a baby girl in the northern city of Chandigarh. Her plight made global headlines after the court turned down her request for abortion on the grounds that she was too far into her pregnancy. In May, a similar case was reported from the northern town of Haryana where a 10-year-old, allegedly raped by her stepfather, was allowed to abort. None of the girls can be named for legal reasons. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi says three... ...

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