Sexual health

Zambia bans 'Viagra' energy drink

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The Zambian authorities have banned an energy drink after it was discovered that it contains an ingredient that's used in the anti-impotence drug Viagra.

At the end of last year a consumer in Uganda complained of a prolonged erection after drinking Power Natural High Energy Drink SX, which is manufactured in Zambia.

The Ugandan health authorities investigated and found that it contained Sildenafil Citrata - the active ingredient in Viagra.

At the time, Zambia said it would also investigate.

"Results from both Zimbabwe and South Africa correlated with those obtained from the Foods and Drugs Laboratory that indicated a positive presence of Sildenafil Citrate," a statement released on Wedensday from the Zambian authorities quoted by Reuters said.

The manufacturer, Revin Zambia, has not commented.

In January, the company's General Manager, Vikas Kapoor, told the BBC's Newsday programme that to the best of his knowledge the energy drink does not contain any drugs.

Sexual health services for 'older people'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

James Harrison

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Sexual health services should do more to focus on the needs of older people, council bosses have said.

A report for members of Durham County Council detailed efforts to combat high rates of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among 15-24-year-olds.

But no information had been provided on the sexual health of 'older people'.

Councillor Shirley Quinn claimed there was no service on offer specifically catering to the needs of older generations.

She said: "There's no mention of older people, but there's a lot of older people who are still sexually active.

"There's no provision I can see for people who might want to come along and ask if things are right.

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According to a report for councillors, the county's Integrated Sexual Health Service is trying to get more 'vulnerable groups' to use it, but this is mainly focusing on groups such as the LGBTQ+ community, prisoners and others.

Paul Frank, County Durham and Darlington NHS FOundation Trust's (CDDFT) associate director of operations, said: "About 10 years ago I worked in Teesside and when we did chlamydia testing there was a high prevalence in the over 40s.

"We recognise this is happening, but what we need to work on is identifying these groups in the right areas."

According to the report, 16-24-year-olds make up about a tenth of the population, but account for 65% of all chlamydia infections diagnosed in Genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinics.

They are also responsible for half of all genital warts and gonorrhoea cases.

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