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Last week I wrote about my experiences with dating and the importance of disclosing one’s HIV status early on in these relationships. Although I first tested HIV positive in 2007, I was in denial of the results up until I decided to test again in 2010. During these three years, I was eager to learn new things about HIV/AIDS. Everything that was said and how I physically appeared went hand in hand. It was a wakeup call for me.  I was weak. I lost a lot of weight; even my skin colour had changed. I also had a herpes zoster. The first person I told was my cousin who I confided in because of how we got along. I urge people to always weigh their priorities, make informed decisions on who you are disclosing to as some take it as a laughable thing. In 2010 when I came back from the clinic with my health card written a bold “positive,” I got home and gave my elder sister my patient record where “positive” appeared in bold font. I expected judgment, criticism, and rejection, but it came out the opposite. She was supportive and her husband, from whom I also expected the worst, told me ‘o seka wa itlhoboga o tla fola, (don’t give up now, you will be alright.)


20th April 2018

PATHOLOGICAL GAMBLING

20th April 2018

We have all at one point in our lives come in contact with that individual who is fond of gambling or playing “mataese” and can’t live without doing it. Such fellows may suffer from pathological gambling - a disorder many take lightly. Pathological gambling is a habit and impulse control disorder in which an individual has frequent and repeated episodes of gambling which have a significant bearing on their social, occupational, material and family commitments. It has mostly affected 1% of world population, though the numbers may be higher. Individuals with pathological gambling do not easily admit to having problems. They have an accelerated denialism and no awareness on the problem, making it difficult to address it.

BIG FAT LIES

20th April 2018

BUSTED: If you think your ulcers are acting up because of the curry you ate last night for dinner, think again. Although doctors once believed that ulcers were caused by stress, lifestyle choices or spicy foods, they now know that most ulcers are actually caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori.
Ulcers sores that develop in the lining of the esophagus, stomach or the first part of the small intestine can also be caused by certain medicines. Aspirin and iron tablets are the most common culprits, according to Dr. Arun Swaminath, director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Programme in New York City.

Beware: Rapists on the prowl

18th April 2018

There was a sigh of relief in Tlokweng last week when news broke out that two Zimbabwean nationals Progressive Ndlovu and Nfakazi Ndlovu were arrested.

Mochudi East showdown

18th April 2018

The ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is going all out to reclaim the Mochudi East constituency as Bakgatla go to the polls in a Saturday by-election.

Manyapetsa tells UDC to pay back his money

18th April 2018

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) activist Lotty Manyapetsa has called on Umbrella for Democratic Change to pay back his money that he contributed towards investigations into the late Gomolemo Motswaledi’s death.

Kenewendo: Masisi's golden girl

18th April 2018

Her first name, Bogolo, denotes ‘greatness’ in Setswana and she has lived up to it. Tall, slim and pretty, with bewitching beady eyes, Bogolo Kenewendo has made a positive impression on many with her intellect and visionary outlook.

Zambian journalists suspended over Masisi error

18th April 2018

President Mokgweetsi Masisi has left a stink among journalists in Zambia where he was recently on a state visit.

Former MP Mshingwe’s burial this weekend

18th April 2018

Former Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Member of Parliament for Chobe Gibson Mshingwe will be buried in Kasane this weekend, the party has said.

Speaker acts on BCP’s constitutional challenge

18th April 2018

Speaker of National Assembly Gladys Kokorwe says her legal team is dealing with the matter by Botswana Congress Party (BCP) regarding President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s powers.

Sex trafficking hits home in Botswana

18th April 2018

Imagine being excited about getting married to a prince charming that stays outside your country and invites you, only to come and be turned into a sex slave! That is exactly how the world has become.

Gogontlejang Phaladi’s life story

18th April 2018

 At a tender age of four, popular child prodigy Gogontlejang Phaladi shocked her pre-school teachers when she told them that she wanted to go and look after her paralysed mother.

Dare to dream: the story of Bakang Molefi

18th April 2018

Bakang Dithapeo Molefi, 20, is the perfect embodiment of resilience. Here’s a young man that has defied all adversities to become the master of his Fate. Purposeful and self-driven, Bakang is confident of a bright future ahead of him, as he embarks on a life-changing educational odyssey that began in 2016, when his mentor – Thabo Botshelo, a Social Worker at SOS Serowe – chanced upon an advertisement for scholarship in a local daily newspaper. The advertisement was for applications for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative – an academic leadership programme targeting orphaned students from 25 Sub-Saharan African countries to help them access international higher education so that they can contribute to global development.


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