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This highway is by far the biggest highway, with many lanes. Many die of AIDS related diseases, which means HIV has a direct implication on the mother-child mortality highway, as well as the non-communicable diseases highway. HIV/AIDS makes one susceptible to TB, which is why they are grouped together.
HIV is transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse (anal or vaginal), transfusion of contaminated blood, sharing of contaminated needles, and between a mother and her infant during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.
There is currently no cure for HIV/IDS, although the growth of the virus can be suppressed through anti-retroviral treatment. People with HIV/ Aids can enjoy a long and healthy life if they take action.
It's the vice of the 21st century, sex has become a bargaining tool for monetary and material gain. This behaviour goes against the ideals of Phila. Creating a better future for yourself means being able to say "NO" and standing up for yourself and your health. No amount of money and material gifts are worth your health and your future. When you say "NO" to sugar daddies or blessers, you say "YES" to your health and "YES" to your life.
Being in charge of your health and destiny means you leave nothing to chance. Regular and consistent condom use is a step in the right direction. Government has made male and female condoms available to everyone for free. Choose the flavoured MAX choice condoms or go with the plain unflavoured ones. Whatever you choose, be condom-wise and stand up for your sexual health.
Know your status and make the right decisions. You have the power to protect yourself and others. Regular testing for HIV&AIDS puts the power in your hands.
Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission Programme (PMTCT) is imperative to child bearing and reproductive health. The earlier you take charge of your pregnancy and your body by visiting your local clinics and hospitals, the more control you have.
This will be a journey from antenatal care to labour and delivery up until postnatal care. When you know better you will protect yourself and most importantly, your loved ones. These services are freely available to you. Ask.Learn.Protect your loved ones.
Why hold on to stigma when there is so much life waiting for you? Don’t let stigma stop you from living, reach out and get the assistance and care that you need. Phila is about each and every South African navigating through the four highways hand in hand. When we offer support to those that are affected by HIV&AIDS or TB, we are giving life! Be a ‘life’ giver and end stigma.
Tuberculosis, or TB, is an infectious bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which most commonly affects the lungs. It is transmitted from person to person via droplets from the throat and lungs of people with the active respiratory disease.
In healthy people, infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis often causes no symptoms, since the person's immune system acts to “wall off” the bacteria. The symptoms of active TB of the lung are:
Knowing leads to action. This is why it is important to know to test for TB. An early TB test will determine whether the TB is a latent TB infection (which can be treated and cleared) or if it has progressed to TB disease. So go on, get testing. Know early and act fast.
Tuberculosis is treatable with a six-month course of antibiotics. The course is effective when taken for its whole duration. The danger in not completing the TB treatment is that your body may become resistant to the drug. Finish what you start and enjoy long life!