How do I protect my teenage child from HIV?

Your teenager knows about Twilight, The Hunger Games, Big Bang Theory and ‘I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!’ But do they know this: MORE THAN 10% OF THOSE NEWLY DIAGNOSED WITH HIV IN THE UK ARE UNDER 25. Of those newly diagnosed with HIV in UK, over 10% were under 25 years. DoContinue reading “How do I protect my teenage child from HIV?”

What’s in a name??

“I call everyone ‘Darling’ because I can’t remember their names,” Zsa Zsa Gabor. We are changing our blog address to something you can remember!! Our community at Sexual Well-being for Black Ladies is at the heart of what we do. So we want you to be involved in the change. What name tickles your fancy?Continue reading “What’s in a name??”

HIV? Me? No, I’ married! (4)

It was five weeks later when Dike turned up at the surgery. If you haven’t met Dike and his family please meet them  here and here “Nice to see you again,” I smiled as I ushered him into the consulting room. “How can I help you?” I asked after we sat down. “Well, I thought aboutContinue reading “HIV? Me? No, I’ married! (4)”

Research.. Are you interested in earning some money for a good cause?

Participants are needed for a research project being undertaken on behalf of NHS Grampian concerning the experiences and support needs of those with Hepatitis B. All participants will receive £30 cash as a thank you. If you are from the: 1. Asian sub continent or 2. Sub–Saharan Africa or 3. China or 4. Eastern Europe,Continue reading “Research.. Are you interested in earning some money for a good cause?”

Condoms -do they fail? Or do you? (2)

Have you not used lubricating gel before?” Baako and Amina looked at each other. “Well, we have tried baby oil…” “And Vaseline…” “But not cooking oil?” I teased. We all laughed. “Lubricating gel is very useful as it reduces friction and stops the condom from tearing. The type of lubricant is very important though. AllContinue reading “Condoms -do they fail? Or do you? (2)”

Condoms – do they fail? Or do you? (1)

So Baako decided they would give condoms another try even though Amina wanted to try something else. If you haven’t met Amina, you can find out about her here and here “Condoms are very effective at preventing pregnancy. If used correctly, only two women out of 100 will get pregnant in one year.“ “So were we just oneContinue reading “Condoms – do they fail? Or do you? (1)”

HIV? Me? No, I’m married! (3)

“We are offering all newly registered patients the chance to have the test.” “But why?” he asked again, suspiciously. “It is regarded as good medical practice to do this. People who have HIV or Hepatitis may not show any signs until the disease is very advanced. If any of the tests are positive, then the person can benefit from treatmentContinue reading “HIV? Me? No, I’m married! (3)”

HIV? Me? No, I’m married! (2)

After Mma left, I sat thinking. It all started coming back to me. It must have been like eighteen months ago or more that Mma and her children had come to register at the surgery having recently moved into the area from Africa. She had told me then that they had come overseas due toContinue reading “HIV? Me? No, I’m married! (2)”

HIV? Me? No, I am married!

Mma looked at me her eyes filled with tears. She was so overcome with emotion that she could hardly speak. I had to look down as I felt my own tears gathering behind my eyelids. I must remain professional. I must not get drawn in. “Doctor, are you sure? Are you sure this is myContinue reading “HIV? Me? No, I am married!”