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TB is a lung infection and is spread by coughing

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:12 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

TB usually harms the lungs, but can also spread to the brain and cause meningitis. The tummy, bones and lymph nodes can also be harmed by TB.

TB is very common in Cape Town. You can catch TB by breathing in someone else's cough.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

You can avoid catching TB if you stay away from people who are coughing and might have TB, especially if they are not on TB treatment.

If you are HIV-positive you are more likely to catch TB

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:10 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Being HIV-positive makes your immune system weak. The immune system is the part of your body that fights infections such as TB.

You are more likely to catch TB if you are HIV-positive, because your body's defenses are not working.

Also, TB can spread more easily from your lungs to the rest of your body if you have are HIV-positive. This can cause TB in your brain (meningitis) and also TB of in your bones and lymph nodes.

It is very important to take all your TB medicine, even if you have to take it for a long time

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:10 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

If you are being treated for the first time for TB, your treatment will last for six months.

If you are being treated for the second time for TB, your treatment will last for eight months.

This may seem like a long time, but to be cured from TB you must take the TB treatment for the right amount of time.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Take all of your TB medication. Do not stop taking your TB medication.

Breast is best! Breast milk contains nutrients – it helps newborns fight infection and develops their immune systems

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:08 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

There is a less than 1% chance of transmitting HIV via breastfeeding while on ARVs.

Formula feeding is another feeding option. Although formula feeding will eliminate the risk of transmitting HIV via feeding, it also places the baby at risk of developing other serious life threatening infections.

Feeding infants pre-chewed food (food which you have partially chewed in your mouth) is not recommended.

When you feel happy and well, it is easier to make plans and good choices for you and your family

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:03 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

When you feel well, you will feel stronger and cope better with problems.

Most people who are troubled feel better when they get the help and care that they need.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Talking about your feelings and troubles with trusted health workers, family, friends or community members can help you feel healthier.

Emotional stress can happen to any mother and it is not your fault

Tue, 2018-05-22 13:03 -- 01418635

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

You are not alone. Some mothers feel troubled and guilty for feeling unhappy during their pregnancy. Getting help will make you feel better, and there is a lot of support out there!

Remember, emotional stress is very common (normal) around pregnancy. It is not your fault.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Talking about your feelings and troubles with trusted health workers, family, friends or community members can help you feel healthier.

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