The signs may not always be obvious so be on the lookout for the following: discomfort in your chest, tightness, or pressure. Pain radiating down the left side of the body. Feeling lightheaded, unsteady, and short of breath. A persistent cough may be a symptom of heart disease if you have a persistent cough that contains white or pink mucus. When the heart is unable to keep up with the body’s demands, blood leaks back into the lungs. Call your doctor urgently if you experience these symptoms.
Your baby can develop complications such as excessive growth. Extra glucose may cross the placenta, causing the baby’s pancreas to produce more insulin. This will result in your baby being too big and you may need a C-section. Later in life, Type 2 diabetes may develop. Untreated gestational diabetes may lead to the death of a baby before or soon after birth. Babies born prematurely to mothers who have gestational diabetes are at risk of developing respiratory distress syndrome, which makes breathing difficult.
OTC medications are those that can be bought without a prescription. Some over-the-counter medications help with aches, headaches, allergies, and itching. Bear in mind there are still risks with taking over-the-counter medications. Other medications, supplements, foods, or drinks can interfere with the medicine you’re taking. If you’ve been taking an over-the-counter medicine and your symptoms haven’t improved, you may have to see the doctor. OTC drugs shouldn’t be used for longer or at larger doses than the label suggests.
COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is a group of lung diseases. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the most prevalent. Emphysema causes the air sacs in the lungs to weaken, obstructing outward air flow. Bronchitis is caused by inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial channels. COPD makes breathing difficult. At first, the symptoms can be mild, with occasional coughing and shortness of breath. Symptoms can become more consistent as time goes by, making breathing more difficult. The more you smoke and the more tobacco products you smoke, the more likely you are to develop COPD. If you smoke and have asthma, the chances of developing COPD are much higher.
People with AIDS have a three-year survival rate if they do not take HIV medication. Without treatment, a person’s life expectancy drops to only a year after developing a dangerous opportunistic disease. People who begin antiretroviral treatment (ART) as soon as they are diagnosed with HIV benefit more, which is why HIV testing is so necessary.
Symptoms of malaria include fever and flu-like illness, including shaking chills, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea may also occur. Malaria may cause anaemia and jaundice (yellow colouring of the skin and eyes) because of the loss of red blood cells. If you experience these symptoms, go the doctor as soon as possible.
Finding out you’re HIV-positive is never easy. It’s important to allow yourself time to process your feelings. Ask the nurse or doctor as many questions as necessary. Call the HIV/AIDS 24-hour helpline (0800 012 322) for information, counselling and emergencies.
Yes, you can have a baby. With the right ARV treatment and by being healthy, you can have an HIV-negative baby. Speak to your nurse at your local clinic to make sure you have all the right medications. Call the AIDS 24-hour helpline for information, counselling and emergencies (0800 012 322).
If your baby has a rash on his arm after an injection, make sure you clean the arm well to prevent infection. A rash can be normal, and you don’t need antibiotics just yet. If your baby develops a fever, is not eating or drinking fluids or you’re, please visit your clinic and ask them if any medicines are needed.
It is important to know your HIV status so that you can get the right medication to keep you healthy. Knowledge is power for yourself, your family and your partner. Knowing your status can prevent you from spreading the virus to your partner or unborn child if you are pregnant. Call the AIDS 24-hour helpline for more information, counselling and emergencies on 0800 012 322.
Yes, you can have more than one STD at a time. Remember that all STDs can be treated, but not all can be cured. For example, HIV/AIDS, which is very common in South Africa, has no cure and needs lifelong treatment. Speak to your nurse at your local clinic to get tested and treated for all STDs.
If your partner has an STD, get yourself tested and treated at your nearest clinic as soon as possible. Always wear a condom to help avoid spreading the infection. It’s important to discuss sexual health and responsibility with your partner to be aware of the risks of infecting each another.
Always use a condom to protect yourself from sexual diseases. If you have an STD, get it treated to prevent spreading it to your partner. If your partner has an STD, get yourself tested and treated at your nearest clinic. It is important to know the state of your sexual health.
Diabetes is a disease that happens when there is too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. A hormone called insulin helps our bodies use the sugar in the food we eat to make energy. If there is not enough insulin in our bodies, or if the insulin we have is not working properly, the blood has high sugar levels, but the body can’t use it which makes you sick.
Hypertension is when your blood pressure gets too high and can lead to serious health problems like stroke, heart attack, blindness or kidney failure. You can also feel very tired a lot of the time. Get your blood pressure checked regularly at your local clinic.
A vaccine is a medicine that protects you from diseases that can make you sick, disabled or can even kill you. A vaccine makes the body’s defense system (the immune system) stronger so it can fight disease. You can get vaccinations for diseases like Mumps, Influenza and much more. Vaccines are free at your local clinic.
No, vaccines are safe. Vaccines are the best defense we have against serious, preventable and sometimes deadly contagious diseases. Speak to your nurse at your local clinic about the different vaccines that are available to you for free.
There are many benefits of getting vaccinated; the main one is preventing the risk of serious disease. Vaccines are free at your local clinic and can help your immune system become stronger, keeping you and those around you healthy.
No, there are vaccines for teenagers and adults as well. These include vaccines for illnesses like HPV, chickenpox, hepatitis A and B and influenza. There are many more childhood illnesses that your baby will need a vaccination for. Speak to your nurse at your local clinic to make sure you and your children have had the right vaccines.
HPV could lead to cervical cancers, so the vaccination is important. It can also lead to warts (small bumps or rough areas on your skin) that can show up on your genitals, or other parts of your body. HPV is easy to get; you can get it from having sex with even just one person. Get yourself tested and treated for HPV at your local clinic.
Yes, boys and men can get HPV. Anyone can get HPV if they come into contact with someone who already has HPV. Intercourse (vaginal and anal) is the easiest way of getting HPV but you can also get infected through oral sex or skin-on-skin contact. Get yourself tested and treated for HPV at your local clinic.
Once you have HPV in your system there is no way of getting rid of it. The good news is that not all strains of HPV are dangerous and the symptoms and illnesses that come with HPV are treatable. Speak to your nurse at your local clinic about your symptoms.
Yes, the HPV vaccine works if you don’t have HPV in your system yet. The HPV vaccine will stay in your body forever once you have it, protecting you for the rest of your life. Speak to the nurse at your local clinic about getting the HPV vaccine.
When someone who is sick with TB coughs or sneezes, the TB germs are sprayed into the air. The germs can stay in the air for a long time. If you breathe some of these germs into your lungs, you will be infected too. Make sure you get yourself tested regularly for TB at your closest clinic, especially if people close to you have TB.
Treatment for TB lasts at least 6 months and includes more than one medicine. The treatment should be taken every day! Usually, after 1 month, most patients start to feel better and some stop taking the medication because they think they are no longer sick. Don’t stop treatment until your doctor or nurse tell you to stop.
TB is a disease that is usually found in the lungs. But TB can also be found in other parts of the body, such as the brain, bones, joints, heart, kidneys, stomach and lymph nodes (by your neck, crotch or elbow). No matter the location of the TB in your body, it is important to visit your clinic and test for TB immediately. TB is treatable.
The TB bacteria will grow and you will stay sick for longer, or even get worse. You can spread TB to family, friends, or anyone else you spend time with, making them sick too. This could happen even if you are not feeling sick. Make sure you get the right treatment for TB from your local clinic as soon as possible.
Yes, a person can get TB more than once. Even after someone has taken their treatment for 6 months and are cured. It is not known why it happens to some people and not others, but there many reasons why people could get TB again. So be sure to visit your local clinic regularly to keep yourself healthy.
Every time you take your ARVs, you top up the amount of ARV in your blood. Keep your ARV level in your blood high pushes the HIV in your body down, and stops HIV from attacking and killing your CD4 (soldier) cells. Your CD4 cells need to be able to fight other illnesses and infections so you stay healthy. The ARVs make your CD4 cells stronger, so it’s important to take your ARVs every day. Every time you miss or forget to take your ARVs, the HIV level in your body increases.
Yes, you can. If you take your ARVs every day, there will be less HIV in your body, but it is still there. So, it’s important to always wear condoms while having sex and to NEVER share a needle with someone. Call the AIDS 24-hour helpline for information, counselling and emergencies on 0800 012 322.
Yes. If you’ve had a healthy pregnancy, there’s no reason why you and your partner can’t have sex. The thick mucus plug that seals your cervix helps to guard your baby against infection. The amniotic sac and the strong muscles of your uterus (womb) also keep your baby safe.
Yes, because a condom does not just prevent pregnancy, it also protects both partners from a long list of sexually transmitted diseases. You and your partner can still become infected with these STDs even if she is pregnant.
You should avoid cheese, raw eggs, raw meat or fish in dishes like sushi, liver as well as high doses of Vitamin A. You should also avoid caffeine in coffee and energy drinks. Above all, try to cut out all alcohol during your pregnancy.
Lean meat like chicken is great for you. It supplies you and your baby with proteins that are needed to help your little one to grow. Lentils are packed with a B-vitamin called folic acid which is imperative for a healthy pregnancy.
If you have never exercised regularly before, you can safely begin an exercise program during pregnancy after checking with your doctor, but do not try a new, strenuous activity. Walking is a safe exercise to start when you are pregnant.
Obesity is a disorder involving excessive body fat that increases the risk of health problems. Obesity occurs when a person’s body mass index is 30 or greater. The main symptom is excessive body fat. People may experience painful areas in the back or joints. Consult a doctor for medical advice.
Here’s what you can do to lose weight or avoid becoming overweight or obese: eat more fruit, vegetables, nuts and wholegrains. Exercise, even moderately, for at least 30 minutes a day. Cut down your consumption of fatty and sugary foods. Use vegetable-based oils rather than animal-based fats.
Weight and height are used to calculate a number called the “body mass index” (BMI). For most people, BMI is a good estimate of body fatness. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight. A BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. Consult your nurse at your local clinic to help you calculate your BMI.
People who are overweight or obese have added pressure on their body’s ability to use insulin to properly control blood sugar levels and are therefore more likely to develop diabetes.
Obesity is also thought to trigger changes to the body’s metabolism. These changes cause fat tissue (adipose tissue) to release fat molecules into the blood, which can affect insulin responsive cells and lead to reduced insulin sensitivity.
You may become fertile within a month of stopping the pill, or it may take a little longer. By three months, most women find that their periods have returned, if they’ve not conceived already.
Save these three emergency numbers to your contacts: Nationwide Emergency Response 10111, alert emergency response from your cellphone 112 and Ambulance 10177.
For a suicidal emergency, call 0800 567 567. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group are there to help you.
If you suffer from substance abuse or alcohol addiction, phone 0800 12 13 14 for the Department of Social Development Substance Abuse 24-hour helpline.
Break the silence against domestic violence. If you are in an abusive relationship, reach out to LifeLine. Call the toll free 24-hour line 0800 150 15.
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ii. keep you informed generally about new products and services (unless you choose not to receive our marketing messages);
iii. provide the relevant service or product to you. This includes other services not included in this terms and conditions, and services that use information about where you are when using your mobile equipment (location information) and to contact you with messages about changes to the service or product;
iv. you with offers or promotions based on how you use our products and services. These include your calling and messaging activities, location information and browsing information (unless you choose not to receive these messages – see below on 'How to opt-out';
v. send you targeted and relevant messages, based on your behaviour, permission and preferences. From time to time, we will send you a range of different messages, from Vodacom as well as brands, to keep you informed or simply for you to tell us what you are into. These are not just offers and promotions but messages from your favourite brands including new products, discounts, limited offers, gifts and more. It works by using information about you to send you targeted messages relevant to you;
vi. bill you for using any additional products or services, or to take the appropriate amount of credit from you;
vii. respond to any questions or concerns you may have about using the Service, our network, products or services;
viii. let you know about other companies' products and services we think may interest you (including offers and discounts we've specially negotiated for our customers);
ix. protect our network and manage the volume of calls, texts and other use of our network. For example, we identify peak periods of use so we can try and ensure the network can handle the volume at those times
x. understand how you use this Service, our network, products and services. That way, we can develop more interesting and relevant products and services, as well as personalising the products and services we offer you;
xi. carry out research and statistical analysis including to monitor how customers use this Service, our network, products and services on an anonymous or personal basis;
xii. prevent and detect fraud or other crimes, recover debts or trace those who owe us money;
xiii. provide aggregated reports to third parties (such reports do not contain any information which may identify you as an individual).
k. The information we use will be your approximate location, based on the nearest mobile cell site. As a result, this will change as you move around with your mobile phone.
l. We will store your information for as long as we have to by law. If there is no legal requirement, we will only store it for as long as we need it.
Sharing your personal information
m. We may share information about you with:
i. companies in the Vodacom and Vodafone Group (Vodafone Group Plc and any company or other organisation in which Vodacom owns more than 15% of the share capital);
ii. Mondia Media, partners or agents involved in delivering the Services;
iii. companies who are engaged to perform the Service for, on behalf of Vodacom (Pty) Ltd including Mondia Media (Pty) Ltd;
iv. where applicable, credit reference, fraud prevention or business scoring agencies, or other credit scoring agencies;
v. where applicable, debt collection agencies or other debt recovery organisations;
vi. law enforcement agencies, regulatory organisations, courts or other public authorities if we have to, or are authorised to by law;
vii. emergency services (if you make an emergency call), including your approximate location.
n. We will release information if it's reasonable for the purpose of protecting us against fraud, defending our rights or property, or to protect the interests of our customers.
o. If we are reorganised or sold to another organisation, we may transfer any personal information we hold about you to that organisation.
p. We will transfer your information to Mondia Media our service provider. Mondia Media servers are based outside South Africa in Germany where adequate data protection laws exist to protect the privacy and security of your information. We have also signed a contract with Mondia Media with data protection provisions to ensure the security and protection of the privacy of your information.
q. At your option, we may also share your information with partner organisations we've chosen carefully, so they can contact you about their products and services.
Keeping your personal information secure
r. We have specialised security teams who constantly review and improve our measures to protect your personal information from unauthorised access, accidental loss, disclosure or destruction.
s. If we have a contract with another organisation to provide us with services or a service on our behalf to process your personal information, we will make sure they have appropriate security measures and only process your information in the way we've authorised them to. These organisations will not be entitled to use your personal information for their own purposes. If necessary, our security teams will check them to make sure they meet the security requirements we have set.
t. Communications over the internet (such as emails) are not secure unless they have been encrypted. Your communications may go through a number of countries before being delivered – as this is the nature of the internet. We cannot accept responsibility for any unauthorised access or loss of personal information that's beyond our control.
How to opt-out
u. If you want to opt out of Mum & Baby notifications, alerts or messages, you may do so via the relevant prompts through the short code *117*6862# or by visiting https://mumandbaby.vodacom.co.za. You can choose to opt out of partner communications by sending an SMS with STOP to 30881.