Rev. Dumle Namene, from General Hospital Teerabor’s HIV department, served as the visiting lecturer. We discussed the impact of HIV/AIDS on the health sector and he further explained that in River’s State the AIDS epidemic is putting immense pressure on those living with HIV and the predicted that the numbers of HIV patients will continue to rise especially in B.M.S.H. He shared that more than forty percent of all cases seen in the department of medicine 2011 consisted of HIV/AIDS cases.
We also learned the major factors that are driving the HIV epidemic. These include high casual sex, trans-generational sexual relationships, and multiple partner relationships. Other topics discussed were detrimental effects of HIV/AIDS on household and household income, impact of HIV on children, and impact of HIV/AIDS in Rivers States overall.
Rev. Namene told us that unfortunately Gokana, our home local government area, has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in the state. The new students were greatly surprised to learn that gokana is leading the pack.
In closing we sang the PAN song and offered a closing prayer.
Question Raised: Why do women have higher rates of HIV prevalence than men?