Hello there! Welcome back here again. I’ve not published a new blog post, for some days. I have not been around, but yeah I’m excited to be back!!!
This is my first health talk on this blog, I’ve mixed emotions about this post.
This is the story of a little girl.
I was listening to the radio a few days ago, the radio presenter was addressing a rape case. He talked about a particular girl that was raped when she was six years old. This girl’s case got to me. This was the story…
A little girl was raped by a family member when she was six years old because the guy was a family member, the issue was swept under the carpet, never to be remembered again.
A few months after the incident, the little girl started falling sick. The sickness was becoming so frequent. The girl was always in and out of the hospital.
After frequent hospital admission, the doctor advised her parents to take the girl for an HIV test.
Alas! The result came out POSITIVE, the little girl was HIV positive. The presenter said the mother had to be cajoled by the doctor before she could open up and she explained how the girl was raped at age six by her Uncle.
The mother was scared of talking or even opening-up to the doctor.
After hearing this I was so sad and I couldn’t even listen to the rest of the program. It is not this girl’s fault that her uncle was not disciplined.
The next thing that came to my mind was that, do people even know those rape victims should be taken to the hospital?
After listening to the program I had to browse to know how much POST EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS is utilized in Nigeria. Do people even know about it at all?
I had different questions in my head. Do people even know what post-exposure prophylaxis is? Do people even know that there is a treatment for any possible exposure to the virus?
WHAT IS POST EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS?
POST EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS is a short course of HIV medication taken after a possible exposure to HIV (e.g in a case of sexual assault), to prevent the virus from taking hold of the body for a period of 28 days within 72hours.
POST EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS is used in emergency situations like rape. It is not meant for regular use by people who volunteer themselves to the virus.
I realized that it is underutilized in this country, people don’t even know about it. I know people take rape victims to the hospital, but there are still some percentages that do not go to the hospital.
In a case where the parent is aware of the sexual assault, the child should be taken to the hospital immediately for proper care. To avoid stories that touch.
I think it is very important for everyone to know how important it is to take rape victims to the hospital immediately they know about it.
The fact that I’m only referring to HIV doesn’t mean it is only HIV, there are many Sexually transmitted diseases because you can’t be sure of the assaulter’s health status.
We might think “oh everyone knows about this” but not everyone knows this. In your little way, please inform someone that a rape victim needs to be taken to a health practitioner for proper care.
In the case where a patient is shy or the parent is shy, do not worry your secret is safe with the health practitioner.
This post is just to emphasize the need to go to the hospital or visit a health practitioner after a rape case. And to create awareness about post-exposure prophylaxis.
Please share or inform someone today! The health of a victim is very important.
Thank you for reading!
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