A doctor friend shared her experience of attending to a patient with fertility problems.
“I had a 35 year old patient with fertility problems. He has a 10-year-old son, his new partner is 33 and has 2 kids. They have not been able to conceive for 2 years. They argue about it and blame it on each other. Clever woman goes to her GP for advice. Silly man goes to Nigeria to “test his juice ” on other women. His explanation: When I went back home I decided to try with other women(5-6) and when none of them got pregnant he came to see me for a sperm count 😂.”
Good gracious! I haven’t laughed so much in a long time on something so serious… Izzy is an excellent family doctor so could not believe her ears that any adult living in the first world could be so ignorant.
Hearing this, Izzy advised Johnson to take comprehensive tests for sexually transmitted illnesses just to be sure all is clear. To this, Mr Johnson was shocked as he thinks he was okay given all the women he slept with in Nigeria were ‘decent’ people.
I bet they were all decent. They thought highly of him too especially that he is a Nigerian living out of the country.
A week later: “Do you remember your brother with fertility problems?” asked Izzy
“He’s got Hepatitis B.”
“Can you get Hep B from sleeping around?” I asked Izzy.
“Possible, unprotected sex with a carrier. It is serious, if chronic could lead to liver cancer.”
Johnson will be treated for HBV, his wife also will be tested for STIs too and receive appropriate treatment as needed, they both work and live in the UK so likely to be just fine in the end – good luck to both of them.
I can not but think about the poor women in Nigeria that Johnson had met during his juice-testing spree. The right thing to do would be for Johnson to encourage these women to test for HBV – if treatment is needed, getting on it early will prevent the spread of the virus.
Liver cancer from HBV infection is one of the leading cancer related diseases in Nigeria today according to Dr. Nkem Nwokolo many people will not show obvious sign until it is too late.
As many people are in their thirties before settling down for family, the issues of fertility is inevitable, my hope is that our men will learn there is a better way of testing for fertility without spreading HBV out of ignorance – it’s called a visit to the clinic.