Students at Masvingo Polytechnic College are using at least 3 000 male condoms per month although some are less inspired by what they find as a pungent smell produced by the freely distributed contraceptive during and after use.
This emerged during a recent tour in Masvingo by the National Aids Council (NAC) and some local journalists.
NAC and partner organisations distribute free condoms to so-called HIV/Aids hotspots, with the tertiary institution identified as one of them.
HIV/Aids hot spots are places seen as having a high sexual activity and hence, more likely to experience high infections.
During a stopover at Masvingo Polytechnic, it emerged that the use of the male condom was very high among the adult learners while the uptake of the female condom remained very low.
Only a mere 100 per month were being withdrawn from the condom dispenser installed by NAC within the school premises.
Students said the condoms which were freely obtainable within the school were of cheap quality with their biggest disadvantage being the “disgusting odour” they produced upon use.
Some said they could easily pick out from a group, any individual who has just had sex using the contraceptive.
The much resented condoms are often referred to as madembare.
…Some students are less inspired by what they find as a pungent smell produced by the freely distributed contraceptive during and after use…
“The best you can do for us is to supply students with flavoured condoms,”said Portia Munhukwa, a peer educator with National Aids Council.
“The situation becomes worse when students decide to go and have sex in between lectures… when you come back, everyone can easily pick out the smell and you will feel embarrassed. They are also too oily.
“On the madembare condoms, let me honest with you, they have a bad smell.”
Apart from the unpleasant smell, Portia said, the condoms have helped bring down cases of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) with less than 10 new STI cases now being reported per month compared to hundreds in past years.
“When I started working here in 2018, I discovered that the issue of STIs was a bigger issue, and then we started educating the students on how to protect themselves and promoting the use of condoms,” she said.
“Some of the first year female students will be so young and vulnerable and due to peer pressure, end up looking up to older men to supplement their living costs and in the process, giving in to demands for unprotected sex.
“We have also empowered the female students to always carry condoms and never be found wanting,” she said.
Commenting on the low uptake of the female condom, Munhukwa said many users find the time one spent putting on it as way too long.
“Like putting it on at 3pm and waiting for a boyfriend who will come at 8pm. The girls are saying that’s impossible. They wish if there was another way,” she said.
The high demand for male condoms also comes at a time when information from National Aids Council shows that morning after pill is on high demand among female students at most institutions of higher learning in Masvingo urban.
…it’s usually mistrust and loneliness that brings emptiness or rather the “d i s t a n c e” in a long distance relationship…
Hey guys welcome to another series of For Her Fridays. After dwelling so much on fashion, makeup and style shall we get into the love lounge? To begin this series, I’m going to talk about long distance relationships.
I’ve noticed that if there’s one thing that people are skeptical about, it’s long distance relationships. I tried to find out why and it’s usually mistrust and loneliness that brings emptiness or rather the “distance” in a long distance relationship. Based on my current personal experiences and lessons from other people, I’m going to talk about how you can pull through a long distance relationship.
I can’t say I’ve always been negative about long distance relationships. Maybe it’s because I just never had the chance to be in any. I have seen people breaking up and others cheating and others entering an “open relationship” phase (I still don’t understand how this works) because long distance had become unbearable.
All this ends up happening because people would have allowed a gap to be created especially if they used to be in closer proximity. From my understanding, it all goes back to the importance of knowing your love languages as according to Gary Chapman. Discover what you guys individually like and make the most of it whilst one of you is away. For example, I like it when my bf helps me do something no matter how small. It could even be just holding my umbrella.
So when I’m away like this, he still finds something to help me with be it proof reading my blogs, helping me plan my day or week or anything he might be able to help with. Gosh that gets me sooo happy (you’ll understand why when I talk about love languages in my next For Her Friday post).
Gifts can be a great way of making your bae think about you
…seeing all those cute and crazy pictures reminds me that I have something beautiful to hold on to…
By positivism I mean how much you believe in your couple. Someone would literally declare the relationship over in her mind just because “all boys cheat” anyway. Yea, that could be true, boys cheat, men don’t.
The first thing you need to do is to believe that you can make it. You can never expect something to work when you don’t believe that it can work for you. Although I’d never been in a long distance relationship, I told myself to focus on the positive things that could result from it and I had to see myself pulling through. Stop thinking about all the negative things that could happen. Your life is shaped by what you think.
The next thing I (I’d rather say we) did was to prepare ourselves for it. How? Spend as much time as possible with your loved one before one of you goes away. Deliberately make an investment into your relationship by creating memories.
Take walks, just sit on a park bench and tell your bf what you really like about him and what you’ll miss. Don’t let the separation be an abrupt event, make it gradual at least 2-3 months. Another great way of doing this is taking lots pictures if you like pictures. There are times when I just browse my gallery and seeing all those cute and crazy pictures reminds me that I have something beautiful to hold on to.
Make memories and capture them
After being separated by distance one thing bae and I have done is to have quality time despite being in two different parts of the country. These days technology has made communication easier and you really need to make use of it. One of the things we do is making video calls and tallllllk. This doesn’t only feel awesome, it actually makes you feel like you are not so far from each other.
C’mon, he’s just a call away not hundreds of kilometers after all. If you can’t do video calls, do voice calls or anything that keeps the two of you in touch. If you don’t talk to him someone will and this could even be his own mind which leads to suspicion and suspicion leads to…. Yea, you got it right (I’m just assuming you did lol)
The most important thing you need to do if you ever want to pull through a long distance relationship is building your relationship on trust. Some girls can’t even let their boyfriends go out of their sight what more if he now has to be away from you? I talked about 5 things girls do that guys hate and lack of trust is definitely one of them.
I’m sure you’d get irritated too if your bf didn’t trust you. I’ve had many people asking me why I trust my boyfriend so much. Well, I guess it’s because I haven’t caught him. (Hahaha just kidding). My secret is I’ve learnt that trust is the secret to a healthy relationship regardless of distance.
I’m always positive and I never allow any negative forces to influence me. My friends now know this and they even fight any negativity that other people might try to bring. The problem is most of the time we allow other people to influence our relationships when our relationships should influence the world.
Owww this one came from my bf…. “be in touch with his friends and surprise him even when you are not around….” 🙂
So there you have it. Long distance relationships can actually work out and its you and your partner who have to put in the effort. Remember to do the things he loves the most, build trust, be positive and have quality time together even when you’re not together. I hope you enjoyed reading this article and you found it helpful. Please share with me some of your tips in the comments section below and do follow and like my blog.
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They were part of the of students drawn from various tertiary institutions in the country who converged at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Bulawayo under the banner of government iniatated Research and Intellectual Outputs-Science, Engineering and Technology (Rio-Set) to showcase innovative products that could be useful for the nation
Picture this: You’re sweaty, out of breath, and sore at the core. Is it ab day at the gym? Or just some good ol’ fashioned mattress dancing? Either way, what you eat before any kind of physical activity can affect your performance. In terms of sex, bloating, fatigue, or indigestion, certain foods can significantly decrease libido. So if you’re expecting a roll in the hay after your Tinder date, steer clear of ordering dishes with these anti-aphrodisiacs
1. Indian Food
Pungent spices used in Indian-cuisine, like curry, turmeric, and cumin, sneak into your pores and linger there for a few days. While these aromas are heavenly in food, they stankon skin. So do your sexual partner a favor and skip the curried chicken perfume. If you can’t resist, check out these tips to get your hands to stop smelling like tikka masala.
2. Spicy Food
One minute you’re enjoying that hot, spicy meal, and the next — just when you’re about to shake the sheets — you regret every bite. Depending on how much you eat, spicy foods can cause heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, and worst of all…fiery poop.
3. Bean-Based Foods
Hummus, chili, black bean burgers — you name it. Where there’s a bean, there’s a fart just waiting to ruin the bedroom rodeo. These kidney-shaped legumes contain sugar molecules your stomach and small intestines find difficult to digest. By the time these sugars reach our colon, bacteria breaks it down into a cloud of gas, making you feel puffy at the gut and weak at the groin.
4. Starchy Carbs
We all love carbs, but too much of them can drop blood sugar levels and make you sluggish and tired — not ideal if you plan to sexercise. When you eat hot chips, for example, you get a surge of energy from the carbohydrates. But once your body starts to break down and remove that energy, you lose your thunder and ultimately crash. To keep it exciting in bed, avoid eating carb-heavy meals like pasta or white rice.
If you’re a picky eater who won’t eat anything green, then you’re off the hook for this one. But for all of you asparagus-loving bros out there — beware. Once eaten, these tender green shoots break down into a sulfur-like substance called asparagusic acid.In as little as 15 minutes, this acid travels all throughout your body. That means when it’s time to go down, stuff not only smells funky but tastes sour.
6. Onions and garlic
To all you ladies, it’s important to remember that your cha-cha is a little ecosystem. Anything that throws it off balance can result in unpleasant odors, among other things. Strong-smelling, pungent-tasting foods like onions and garlic might slightly change the odor of your…um…secretions. So if you’re looking to get turned on later, skip the caramelized onions and garlic sauce.
Now that you know about the major food no-no’s, you can safely make the bacon without any smells, discomfort, or embarrassment. May the food you eat be in your favor.
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