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What a pregnant woman should know about TB

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

    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.

    Ask your health care worker or doctor for help.

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

    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.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    Visit your health care worker or doctor to get tested for TB if you have signs of TB/symptoms. It  could save your life.

  • There are warning signs that you might have TB

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

    The warning signs (symptoms) of TB are:

    • Coughing
    • Losing weight
    • Sweating at night
    • Losing your appetite
    • Fever

    WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    Visit your health care worker or doctor to get tested for TB if you have signs of TB/symptoms. It could save your life.

  • TB can be more serious in pregnancy, affecting both you and your baby

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

    TB can be life-threatening for both you and your baby.

    Also, TB treatment in pregancy has side-effects.

    WHAT SHOULD I DO?

    Visit your health care worker or doctor to get tested for TB if you have signs of TB/symptoms. It could save your life.

  • TB is a lung infection and is spread by coughing

    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.

    Stop TB from spreading by opening your windows at home, in hospitals, clinics and taxis!

    Visit your health care worker or doctor to get tested for TB if you have signs of TB/symptoms. It could save your life.

 

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