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4 Negative Side Effects of Condoms

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Too much of a good thing is definitely bad for you, not to mention detrimental for your health. Condom is use to prevent pregnancy and reduce the chances that a sexually transmitted disease will be given to a partner. Condoms are sheaths (barrier protection) that are worn on the male penis during sexual intercourse and can be made of latex, plastic or natural skin. Condoms have numerous benefits–they’re easily accessible at any drugstore or pharmacy, inexpensive and safe, convenient and easy to use. There are few negative side effects of condoms.

Latex allergy: Most condoms are made from rubber latex, which comes from the fluid in rubber trees. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology notes that some people experience an allergic response to the protein in the rubber. Symptoms can vary in presentation and severity, ranging from sneezing, runny nose, hives, itching or flushing to more severe signs and symptoms, such as wheezing, swelling, dizziness, and lightheartedness. In certain instances, latex allergies can invoke anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition. According to Planned Parenthood, only one or two people out of every 100 has latex allergy. The AAAAI notes that those who have latex allergies should use synthetic rubber condoms as a second choice.

Acquiring other STDs: Planned Parenthood notes that condoms are proven highly effective against HIV and reduce the risk of other diseases, such as syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HPV. However, they do not afford protection against sexually transmitted diseases that can affect the outer layers of the skin, such as scabies infections and molluscum contagiosum. The American Social Health Association notes that although condoms can reduce the risk of genital herpes, they don’t protect every part of the skin in which the herpes virus can asymptomatically shed and be transmitted to an infected sexual partner. Additionally, not all condoms are created equal: natural skin condoms (lambskin) are an effective measure of birth control but are porous enough to allow HIV and other STDs to be transmitted to a sexual partner.

Risk of pregnancy: With any type of birth control, there’s always the risk of unplanned pregnancy. Condoms are extremely effective in preventing conception. However, Planned Parenthood states that two of every 100 women whose partners used condoms became pregnant even when they were used properly. Among those who did not use condoms properly, 15 of every 100 women became pregnant. Old condoms can become more brittle and more apt to break. Similarly, oil-based products, such as petroleum jelly and cooking oil, can cause condoms to weaken and rupture.

Risk to partner’s health: Perhaps the most notable negative side effect of condoms is a sexual partner’s resistance to using them. Some men claim they experience a loss in sensation when using condoms, find them unromantic or take offense at being asked to wear them. Planned Parenthood notes that many men can overcome their resistance to using condoms and suggests trying out different styles and sizes to find the brand that’s most comfortable to both partners.

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Climate change forces El Paso to make treated sewage water turn into drinking water

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As the global climate changes and water becomes an increasingly scarce resource, a number of cities such as India, Australia has earlier express their concern to reduce water shortage.



The authorities has disclosed to her citizens stating that “What we are seeing is a systematic increase in temperature, so we’re seeing the snow-melt runoff earlier…and more rapid melt than average. And again, for a given level of snow-pack, less runoff actually reaching the river and reaching our reservoir.

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However, in a bid to mitigate the water shortages,  El Paso is set to become one of the first cities in the US to treat sewage water and turn it into drinking water.

Chief technical officer of El Paso Water, Mr Gilbert Trejo said that the facility to treat sewage water with multiple steps of filtration such as carbon and UV filtration to make sure no pathogens or microbes are present.

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Adding that It will help to solve a major supply problem in the city and what’s more, some locals even say it tastes better.

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Satellites warn African farmers of pest parasitic diseases

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Prof Charlotte Watts, chief scientific adviser for the UK’s Department for International Development, which funds the plant doctor scheme, says a new initiative with CABI and the UK Space Agency (UKSA) will use the network to prevent, rather than just reduce infestations.



When speaking to the newsmen, she expressed that the idea is to use satellite data collected by the UKSA to develop a system that is able to predict when pest infestations will strike a week or more in advance.

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It is also designed to inform the farmers through mobile phone alert for them to take precautions, adding that it will help boost farmers incomes and mitigate poverty rate.

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The modern forecast is being used in Kenya, Ghana and Zambia and will be rolled out soon to other part of the world.

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