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STDs- Managing symptoms through early medication

By Vision Reporter

Added 25th October 2009 03:00 AM

SEXUALLY transmitted diseases are transmitted through sexual contact. This can be through the exchange of semen, blood, body fluids, or direct body contact. Early STI diagnosis and treatment manages the symptoms and mitigates the spread.

THE state of sexually transmitted
infections (STIs) in Uganda is still worrying. The New Vision will, until World AIDS Day (December 1), publish articles on STIs, where to access treatment and how to avoid the deadly disease. The second article in this series highlights centres where patients can be diagnosed and treated.


SEXUALLY transmitted diseases are transmitted through sexual contact. This can be through the exchange of semen, blood, body fluids, or direct body contact. Early STI diagnosis and treatment manages the symptoms and mitigates the spread.

Some STIs like syphilis if not treated can lead to disorders like brain damage. STI treatment also reduces the chances of contracting HIV/AIDS. According to Dr. Kyambadde of the Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) clinic at Mulago Hospital, individuals who are infected with STDs are at least two to five times more likely to acquire HIV than an HIV-negative person.

In an effort to combat the spread, free treatment is offered in some hospitals, while private clinics can diagnose and offer treatment at an affordable cost.

Kampala Kyambadde says STI diagnosis and treatment is done for free at the clinic at Mulago Hospital and other government hospitals.

“The challenge is that at times, we do not have sufficient supply of drugs, so we refer the patients to private hospitals. The majority charge between sh5,000 and sh10,000.”

Eastern Uganda Jinja Hospital Iganga Referral Hospital. Most private clinics in Iganga charge between sh5,000 and sh7,000 for treatment.

Mbale Hospital STI Clinic. Private hospitals and clinics in Mbale charge between sh5,000 and sh10,000.

Soroti Hospital STI Clinic

Kumi Hospital
Katakwi Health Centre IV
Moroto STI Clinic. At Matany Missionary Hospital in Karamoja, STI diagnosis and treatment is available at sh500 for children and sh1,000 for adults.

Western Uganda
Mbarara Hospital STI Clinic
Mbarara University Teaching Hospital
Kabale Hospital
Private hospitals and clinics in Mbarara charge between sh5,000 and sh10,000
Fort Portal Hospital STI Clinic
Kabarole Missionary Hospital charges sh500.
Ntungamo Health Centre IV
Bundibugyo Hospital STI Clinic
Kagando Hospital STI Clinic
Kasese Regional Hospital STI and Skin
Clinic.

Central Region
Mukono Hospital and several health centre IVs. Most private clinics charge between sh5,000 and sh10,000.
Kawolo Hospital.
Wobulenzi Hospital
Luweero Regional Referral Hospital.

STI diagnosis is also available at the Luweero health centre IV
Masaka Hospital STI and Skin Clinic and several health centre IVs.

Northern Region
Arua Hospital and Health Centre IVs
Moyo Hospital and Health Centre IVs
Gulu Hospital STI Clinic
Lacor Hospital charges sh500 for children and sh1,000 for adults
Lira Hospital.

Several missionary hospitals like St. Joseph Hospital charge shs1,000 for diagnosis and treatment.
Kitgum Hospital STI and Skin Clinic
St. Joseph’s Missionary Hospital, treatment is at sh500 for children and sh1,000 for adults.

Pader Health Centre IV Karamoja Region
Abim Hospital At St. Joseph’s Hospital, STI diagnosis and treatment is offered at sh500 for both children and adults.
Kotido Hospital
Kaabong Hospital STI Clinic
Amudat Health Centre IV
Matany missionary Hospital
Kapchorwa Hospital
Sipi Health Centre IV
Bukwo Health Centre. IV

STDs- Managing symptoms through early medication

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