Sexually transmitted infections high among school girls

The Western Regional Coordinator for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), Dr. Ronald Sowa, says there is high prevalence of sexually transmitted infections among Senior High School female students in the Region.

He attributed this to promiscuous lifestyle and usage of antiseptics and herbal preparations for washing their sexual organs, which eventually killed the organisms that protect the lining of the vagina.

Dr. Sowa said in an interview that such infections resulted in unpleasant vaginal discharge and appealed to victims to desist from self-medication and report cases to health facilities for treatment.

He saod most of the victims of STIs were females aged between 15 to 30 years and advised them to desist from wearing jeans in view of hot weather conditions.

“The females should wear cotton clothing in order to allow more air to circulate around their sexual organs to keep away bacteria from growing there”, Dr Sowa said.

He said there had been reduction in HIV cases in the region as a result of consistent education on HIV prevention and commended the media for their support.

He said his outfit is yet to receive last year’s figure on HIV cases reported in the Region and added that the prevalence rate among pregnant women in 2011 was 1.9 percent lower than the national figure of 2.1 percent. GNA

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