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3rd Year Field Research

Storing any medication over 86 degrees will decrease the potency and the effects of the drug and with HIV if there any fluctuations in the treatment process due to the poor storage methods used will cause negative effects to their health.

Peak offered some specific tips for keeping medications safe and cool in the summer months:

  • Do not place medications in an area of sunlight (especially not in a windowsill)
  • Do not store medications in an area of high humidity (for example, avoid storing in a bathroom with a shower or bathtub, or in a kitchen cabinet near the dishwasher)
  • If possible, store medications in the coolest area of the house (potentially a basement or a “power room” without windows)
  • Take a minute to look at your medications before you take them. If they are stuck together in the bottle, if they have any changes in form or shape, or coating appears different or “runny” — the integrity of the medication may have been compromised. (However, note: you often cannot tell there is a problem just by looking. If you can visually see a change, the integrity is likely to be compromised, but the opposite isn’t true. There can still be a decrease in potency/effectiveness even if you can’t see a notable difference in the outside of the product.)

The culture of contraception’s

The main concern with the people of Africa is that they have having unprotected sex due to the lack of contraception’s given to them and ignoring that fact that Africa has the highest fertility in the world but the STDS that are spread through the lack of Condoms used has been a cause of concern.

By increasing the amount of contraception’s used in Africa will help decrease the deaf rate due to birthing process and reduce the amount of STDS and HIVS to be spread through either through sex or you already having the virus and transferring the virus to your offspring.

Due to the lack of education given to the people of Africa some of the locals have not been informed by the different protection methods used for sex.

In Africa the most common means of contraception’s is birth control even though the pill is not as available to them as they wish.

73% of the country was offered condoms

65% was offered the pill

54% was offered IUD

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