Women being put off cervical cancer tests by ‘shame’ over HPV virus

 

Women are being put off cervical screening over fears the results could suggest they or their partners have been cheating, a survey has found.

Experts from charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust have warned that a sense of ‘shame’ from being diagnosed with human papilloma virus (HPV) – the virus responsible for most cervical cancer cases – is adding to the anxiety of smear tests.

They said the infection, which affects eight out of ten women at some point in their lives, must be ‘normalised’ to encourage more women to attend life-saving screening.

The survey of more than 2,000 women found nearly 40 per cent said they would be worried about what people thought of them if told they had HPV and slightly more said they would worry their partner had been unfaithful.

Seven in ten said they would be scared to hear they had HPV and two-thirds would worry it meant they had cancer.

But the charity’s findings also showed many respondents did not understand the link between HPV and cancer.

A third said they did not know the virus, which can be dormant, could cause cervical cancer and almost all were unaware of its links to throat or mouth cancer.

Campaigners said the findings were particularly worrying given the new HPV screening will replace the existing cervical cancer test later this year. It means samples will first be checked for high-risk strands of the virus before being sent for further examination if necessary.

Robert Music, chief executive of Jo’s Trust, said: ‘With the screening programme moving to testing for HPV first, which is to be celebrated, we must normalise the virus to ensure people fully understand what it means to have it.’

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The pill makes women less able to read other peoples emotions – study

 

The pill may blur a woman’s judgement and even impact her relationships, research suggests.

A study found taking the oral contraceptive causes subtle emotional changes to a woman’s brain.

This makes her 10 per cent less likely to be able to read other people’s facial expressions and feelings.

Although unclear why this occurs, the pill’s impact on a woman’s oestrogen and progesterone levels is thought to influence her empathy.

The research was carried out by the University of Greifswald in Germany and led by Dr Alexander Lischke, from the department of biological and clinical psychology.

‘More than 100 million women worldwide use oral contraceptives, but remarkably little is known about their effects on emotion, cognition and behaviour,’ Dr Lischke said.

‘However, coincidental findings suggest that oral contraceptives impair the ability to recognise emotional expressions of others, which could affect the way users initiate and maintain intimate relationships.’

Dr Lischke argues that on top of birth control, a lot of emphasis is placed on the benefits of the pill – such as improving acne and easing heavy periods – but the downsides are often glazed over.

To determine the contraceptive’s emotional side effects, the scientists analysed the emotion recognition of 42 women who take the pill, compared to 53 others who do not.

‘We assumed these impairments would be very subtle, indicating we had to test women’s emotion recognition with a task that was sensitive enough to detect such impairments,’ Dr Lischke said.

‘We, thus, used a very challenging emotion recognition task that required the recognition of complex emotional expressions from the eye region of faces.

‘Whereas the groups were equally good at recognising easy expressions, the [pill] users were less likely to correctly identify difficult expressions.’

Results – published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience – suggest women who take the pill are less likely to recognise both basic emotions – such as sadness and happiness – as well as more complex ones, like pride and contempt.

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6 types of women to avoid

To say the boy child is under siege in Kenya is an understatement.

So much is being thrown their way, leaving their heads spinning. Lately videos of dating on Kenyan TV station Ebru have gone viral. All because of the high standards set by lasses, who demand their fellas level up.

Here is a list I have put together of whom to date and whom not to when seriously dating. Thank me later.

 

  1. SLAY QUEEN

This is the newest breed in the streets. They look very attractive, thanks to the tones of make up on their faces. These girls never keep calm, they flaunt their pretentious and fake life style on social media, and you might be tempted to think they live a lavish luxurious life. Slay queens will turn up at every party in town, forcing you to foot their expensive liquor bill. In reality, these girls will reap you the hard earned cash because they are what society calls lazy, and social climbers who want to reap where they didn’t sow.

  1. OLD JOY

She’sin her late twenties to early thirties, works in corporate, drives and she always puts her life in check. However, one very important thing is missing in their “lavish” life, A MAN.  Yes, at this age, they get desperate for s3x and appreciation. You will find them too good to be true. They will get you drinks on Friday, call you out for lunches and coffee dates but all this sweat is to just trap you. You shall soon end up being her s3x toy.

  1. THE “CHURCH GIRL”

These types of girls are special. With the holier than though kind of attitude,g you  might end up making the worst decision in terms of dating especially those in the choir and praise and worship groups. Remember not all that glitters is gold. You might end up dating the devil himself.

  1. SHORT MAMA’S

Despite having a lot of advantages, like them occupying less space in bed, leaning comfortably on your chest, looking younger than their actual age, these girls can be trouble. They are Drama queens. Just like their height, most of the short girls are short tempered. No pun intended though, they are the loudest and are attention seekers.

  1. SOCCER GIRLS

These are the extra ordinary species of females, they love soccer too much to a point of chilling out late in the bars waiting for a match while the rest of the girls are indoors, helping with the domestic chores. Most of them drink and smoke like their fathers cheering at goals, arguing about who was right or wrong on the pitch. As a boy child, it is very easy to keep up with such a lady because you will always feel intimidated even around friends.

 

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‘There is nothing good you can find in women,’ shouts Rwandese pastor

Pastors and behaving badly is not news.
However, the fact that people still believe every little trick that many pastors pull is the problem.
Following a pastor is not bad, it is blindly following him/her that problems occur. This story features a pastor from Rwanda trying to re-invent the wheel.
What exactly did Seventh Day Adventist preacher Nicolas Niyibikora say or do?
He said something so abhorrent that you are left wondering which Bible this man reads?
Huyu mchingaji went ahead to claimed that women were the source of all evil! Ngai!
 He told listeners “women are out of God’s favour” during the broadcast on Amazing Grace radio in January, warning “there is nothing good you can find in women.”
Damn individuals do, indeed, populate the world!
The quote:

“If you’ve read the Bible, who brought sin into the world. It was not a man.”

Rwanda’s The New Times reported his comments provoking a storm of anger with Pro-Femme Twese Hamwe holding a press conference, warning such utterances could cause big problems.

She said the utterances could:

“Bring hatred and conflict among Rwandans, if nothing is urgently done about it.”

The Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) is now set to investigate the preacher after his crazy speech.  RMC executive secretary Emmanuel Mugisha said the radio station is going to have to explain itself.
Niyibikora was expelled from the Seventh Day Adventists in Rwanda five years ago and the church has subsequently made efforts to distance itself from the controversial preacher.
This pastor should check out Romans Chapter 3. What he will find there will shock him.