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Anonymous 16 November 2018 17:23

symptoms of inflamatory bowel syndrome and proctitis

roben 16 November 2018 17:20

i a smelling rectum, running stomach if i eat fibre/wheat foods & knife-like stabbing pain in the rectuhavem after going to the toilet and the smell gets worse if i'm in contact with any smoke or fragrance. Are these symptoms of crohn's/colitis or they are something else ??

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Anonymous 15 November 2018 11:55

I'm uncircumcised and diagnosed with hiv, I'm very sexual active. What risks do I have and put my partner into?

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Lindazozo 15 November 2018 11:11

why must u do pap smear and what age do u have to do it at the clinic some Indian doctor said I must do it so the nurse doing it was closed already so I went today at the clinic to do it the male doctor told me am too young to do pap smear I Can't hv womb cancer so like even Indians doctor's don't talk to us Thy just tell us to go do this nd that

Anonymous 15 November 2018 08:35

hy I have been on my periods for 2weeks nd more after them I hv a dark discharge it's been happening for 4Months now am not preventing nd am not pregnant did 5 of pregnancy tests even went for sonar don't hv a sign of cancer wats causing all this

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Lindazozo 15 November 2018 08:26

do u do bookings for pap smear

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Anonymous 14 November 2018 22:03

I am HIV positive so everytime i have sex with my boyfriend with condom i have so much discharge

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Anonymous 13 November 2018 18:30

Hi. I'm mdr-tb infected. My doctor advise me to stop ethominide drug due to vomiting. He gave me linezolid drug. Is that ok. I'm so worried

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Anonymous 11 November 2018 10:30

Greetings. I had sex with someone who's HIV positive. And thing is I have him a handjob and he came on my hand. Later on I have him a Blow Job... are there chances of me getting the virus

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 November 2018 18:50

Hi Yonce, thank you for your question. It only takes one time to have unprotected sex to get the virus. Its best that you go to the clinic and get test with your partner.



Anonymous 10 November 2018 13:54

Which clinic provide prep around Mthatha in Eastern cape?

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 November 2018 15:54

Hi Lisah, thank you for your question. Non of the clinics have launched PREP yet, but you can follow MyPrEP South Africa on Facebook for the announcement that will be coming soon.



Anonymous 9 November 2018 15:39

Hi i have completed taking my tb medicine for six month bt am still feeling a small pain on my chest. What's wrong with me? pleas i need help

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 November 2018 15:41

Hi Cube, thank you for your question. If you continue to feel pain in your chest there could be something wrong with your chest that needs to be checked by a nurse or a doctor. Its best that you visit your local clinic as soon as possible so you can get the right treatment. 



Anonymous 8 November 2018 17:40

Would like to learn about irritable bowel syndrome have been recently diagnosed with it,like to know more about which foods to eat and which to avoid.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 November 2018 10:12

Hi NTHABZA, well done for going and getting yourself checked out. There are a number of different foods that you should avoid such as grains, fiber, wheat, fried food, as well as caffeine.  



Anonymous 8 November 2018 08:54

What is the correct course of action to be taken if my girlfriend and I suspect having a treatable STD? We are monogamous, but she has a sexual history. We don't have a lot of money, if any, and we can't pay over R1000 for a test at a lab, what should we do?

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 November 2018 12:38

Hi Tristán, thank you for your question. You can go to the local clinic and get tested for STIs and HIV and the test will be free. If you want to go to the a private doctor you may have to pay for both of you as well as for the necessary medication that you and your partner will need. If you will go to the local clinic you will receive your medication for free.



Anonymous 7 November 2018 16:27

My one month old baby has a sore on the inside of his lower lip. Should I get it checked out? Concerned

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 November 2018 12:30

Hi Lebogang_n, congratulations on your baby. It would be best for you to go to the doctor and get it checked as the baby is still young and may need treatment before the sore gets infected. 



Anonymous 7 November 2018 12:41

What causes pains in my lower abdomen,urinary tract and excessive discharge?

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 November 2018 12:28

Hi G.N Fakude, Thank you for question. There are many reasons why you could be experiencing pain and excessive discharge such as a UTI or an STI. Its best that you visit your local clinic and get checked by a nurse or a doctor and they will give you the right treatment. 



Anonymous 6 November 2018 20:43

Hi, I experience pain in my lower abdomen after urinating .. It previously lasted a few seconds but now it lasts for much longer .

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 November 2018 12:19

Hi KekeN9908, thank you for your question. By your symptoms it is possible that you have a UTI. You can read this article to find out more Urinary tract infections: what's the lowdown? 



Anonymous 4 November 2018 23:41

Hello I have ovarian cysts and I'm not sexually active ... I have no children gynaecologists have told me there is no cure and since I'm over weight they cannot do an operation to remove them.. I'm forever bleeding it is so painful is there any other way for me to get help?I've tried using contraceptives but still they don't help

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 November 2018 10:16

Hi Nthabiwame, thank you for your question. That is a difficult situation to be in, it must be difficult for you. If you would like to lose some of the weight you can check out the Healthy Living section. This will help you learn how to eat healthy and exercise. Sounds like you need to visit another doctor to get a second opinion on what can be best for you.   



Anonymous 4 November 2018 19:14

Hi,I have a one month old baby I've been feeling overwhelmed with taking care of him and running the house hold. I hardly have time for myself, I sometimes wonder if I might be depressed �� Please help! Ne

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 November 2018 13:01

Hi Lebogang_n, thank you for your question. Having a baby can change a lot and taking care of a baby takes up a lot of time. It is normal to feel that you do not have enough time for yourself. You can read this article to find out about depression Feeling sad all the time? You could be depressed



EVE1997 4 November 2018 17:05

I'm 21yrs of age and I'm dating someone who is 9yrs older than me, and he has 2kids already with different baby mama's.He wants us to get married next year and start a family, but I'm not sure if I wanna start a family, because next I wanna go back to school and get a job cause I'm unemployed right now and he takes care of me. I know his intentions are good but I want to know if I can handle marriage at 21yrs or or he won't leave me in the near future?pls help.

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 November 2018 11:45

Hi Evee 1997, thank you for your question. Marriage is a big commitment and decision to make, if you are not ready to get married then that’s what you should do. It’s important that you communicate this with your partner so he understands how you feel. 



Anonymous 4 November 2018 16:48

Would like to know can potatoes trigger ulcer?

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 November 2018 11:20

Hi Nthabza, thank you for your question. If you are talking about stomach ulcers, then you should know that are also known as gastric ulcers, are painful sores in the stomach lining, meaning what you eat can trigger ulcers, especially if you eat spicy food. If you are suffering from stomach ulcers its best that you visit you doctor or nurse at your local clinic. 



Anonymous 31 October 2018 17:47

Hi I have been using petogen injection and I got my periods and I stopped using it and I got back to it when I had my periods but now I no longer see my periods is it normal

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 November 2018 10:10

Hi MaKuhle, thank you for your question. It is normal to skip a period because of the change. Although if you are concerned about your period, it would be best that you visit your local doctor or nurse at the local clinic.

 



Anonymous 31 October 2018 17:00

Hi, my boyfriend is HIV positive and I'm negative. I'm on PEP treatment as we speak because of a condom that burst, now I'm scared to be intimate with my boyfriend because I do no want to get sick. What other measures can we use to protect myself from getting infected because I can't b on PEP for the rest of my life like I'm positive already. Please help?

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 November 2018 10:00

Hi Hlokoza, thank you for your interesting question. Condoms are your best protection against STIs and HIV, although it is important that you talk to your partner about using the condom safely. You can also talk to your health professional about PREP and ask them if it is available in your local clinic. 



mapula1981 31 October 2018 16:31

Is it safe to buy arv s over the counter for more than 3years not checking your cd4 counts?

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 November 2018 09:25

Hey there mapula1981. It is not a safe idea to buy ARVs over the counter without speaking to a doctor or a nurse. There are different types of ARVs, it is important that you take the right one that will help you. It would be best that you get checked by a health professional before you buy medication over the counter. 



Anonymous 28 October 2018 20:26

Is it save to have sex day after my periods habe stopped?

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 November 2018 09:18

HI Onoshi, check out this article to answer your question Why dry sex is not a good idea 



Anonymous 25 October 2018 20:07

Sori, I'm not used to this site, so my question is how long could the body stay strong before feeling the effects of the virus and how long does it take for the body to have full blown AIDS?

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 October 2018 15:39

Hi there, HIV can affect people in different ways and there are different amounts of time before we can see its affects, but there is an average time until a person starts to see symptoms. These affects also tend to occur in stages, where a person can be generally well for some time but then start to experience some more minor problems like skin or upper respiratory problems, followed by more troubling symptoms like pneumonias or loss of weight. It takes an average of 10 years for more severe symptoms to occur. Even though a person living with HIV can feel well or stay strong for many years, there are quite a few important reasons to start HIV treatment early (ideally around the time of being diagnosed). These include that the virus is affecting our bodies and immune systems even though we don’t see the effects, as well as reducing the risk of transmitting the virus to someone else.

Read this article to find out why HIV testing is so important http://ow.ly/vdyB30mqCr9



Anonymous 25 October 2018 20:04

Hi, I was a regular blood donor when I found out I was HIV positive in 2015. I was taken a sample to test for TB but did not go back as I was so devastated. A nurse advised me to take multivitamins to help my immune system so I have been taking multivitamins since then. I hardly get sick, when I do get flu,it usually lasts for less then a week.

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 October 2018 15:46

Hi anonymous, you can learn more about HIV on our HIV section on B-Wise here http://ow.ly/DWKT30mnX8o




Anonymous 23 October 2018 15:08

Hi.I have a creamy discharge and it makes my vagina itchy with some painful pimples..could I be having an STI?

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 October 2018 15:41

Hi anonymous, It is possible that those are symptoms of an STI, learn more about STIs here http://ow.ly/I9ad30mnWCT. It is best that you visit your nurse of doctor at your local clinic and get checked up, you can find and rate your local clinic here http://ow.ly/PoMz30mnWsZ



Anonymous 19 October 2018 09:01

Wat might be the possible cause and effects of I Don't know wether but it lokes like moles or maybe warts growing arround Your private parts and how they can be treated?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 October 2018 09:34

Hi TbosTheG, thank you for your question. It is possible that those are symptoms of an STI. It is best that you visit your nurse of doctor at your local clinic and get checked up.



phylismthembi0261089 18 October 2018 20:20

I'm always passing urine now and then so I don't have a good night sleep cause I wake-up more than 7 times per night. If I'm passing urine I have to push very hard it seems like my womb is blocking the urine when I'm about to finish passing. Sometimes if I'm not fast to reach the loo some of the urine will fall out on it's own own. Please help me Doc.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 October 2018 09:36

Hi there, thank you for your question. It seems as though you may have a bladder problem that is effecting how you pass urine. It's best that you visit your local clinic to get yourself checked by a doctor or a nurse and they will give you the correct treatment.



Anonymous 14 October 2018 14:00

I've been having cramps and my stomach has been hard for months what could be wrong?

B-Wise Expert Expert 14 October 2018 15:51

Dear Anonymous. Thank you for your question. Stomach cramps can have many different causes, they can be linked to your organs, illnesses (such as diarrhoea), muscle strains or other conditions. It would be best for you to get checked by a nurse or a doctor at the local clinic so they can examine your symptoms and give you the right treatment. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you.




Anonymous 14 October 2018 09:47

How can I stop masturbating

B-Wise Expert Expert 14 October 2018 14:43

Dear Anonymous. Masturbation is a natural, healthy behaviour part of our sexual health. It’s a fun, safe way to pleasure yourself. However, if masturbation starts affecting your daily tasks quitting or cutting back is possible. Learning to stop masturbating is a process that requires patience. Try and stay busy, activities like exercising, hanging out with friends or a sport could help take your mind off masturbation. Avoiding masturbating during the times you are most likely to masturbate by distracting yourself with another activity could also help. You can also see a doctor at your nearest clinic who can refer you to a counsellor that can help you through the process. This article will give you more information about masturbation; How to masturbate safely.




Anonymous 14 October 2018 09:44

Ngingayeka kanjani ukushaya udlwabu

B-Wise Expert Expert 14 October 2018 15:29

Sawubona. Siyabonga ngombuzo wakho.Ukushaya indlwabu kungokwemvelo. Kuyindlela ejabulisayo, ephephile yokuzijabulisa ngokwakho. Kodwa-ke, uma ukushaya indlwabu kuqala ukuthinta imisebenzi yakho yansuku zonke, ukuyeka noma ukunciphisa kungenzeka. Ukufunda ukuyeka ukushaya indlwabu kuyinto edinga ukubekezela. Zama uhlale umatasa, ngemisebenzi efana nokuzivocavoca, ukuhlangana nabangani noma imidlalo engasiza ukukhumbuza ukushaya indlwabu. Ukugwema ukushaya indlwabu ngesikhathi ovame ukushaya indlwabu ngokuziphazamisa ngeminye imisebenzi kungakusiza. Ungabona futhi udokotela emtholampilo oseduze ongakunikela kumeluleki ongakusiza ngale nqubo. Lesi sihloko sizokunika ulwazi mayelana nokushaya indlwabu; Indlela yokushaya indlwabu ngokuphepha.




Anonymous 14 October 2018 09:35

Hi. I've been on the 2 month injection for about a year. I was late for my injection for 10 days and had unprotected sex on the 9th day, but I had a very light period then... It's now a week later and I haven't taken the injection again as I want to get off it; and my periods have stopped completely. What I want to know is if it's possible to fall pregnant within that period of 10 days when I missed the injection?

B-Wise Expert Expert 14 October 2018 13:58

Dear Anonymous. Having unprotected sex still puts you at risk of falling pregnant. It also increases your chances of getting an STI and other infections. It’s best you buy a pregnancy test or  visit your nearest clinic to test for pregnancy. It’s important to practice safe sex at all times. Using a condom can help protect you from STIs and other infections. Check out our articles from our Basics of S-E-X section and get more information on how you can protect yourself.




Anonymous 10 October 2018 19:36

Hi....i just found out that I was pregnant on 15 September...so early this month I felt like iam going to be on my periods so I drank this white pills from the clinic to stop them...so NW iam having pains and heavy flow is coming out.so is it possible for me that I lost the baby??thanks

B-Wise Expert Expert 13 October 2018 22:53

Dear Anonymous. It’s best you visit your nearest clinic to get this checked out. At this point the bleeding may be caused by a number of factors like implantation (when the egg implants itself in the lining of the uterus) or a vaginal infection. Usually the bleeding is very light referred to as spotting. Heavy bleeding accompanied with cramps is a cause for concern but also does not necessarily mean that you’ve lost the baby or miscarry. At the clinic the doctor or nurse will examine your symptoms and you will be able to take another pregnancy test. You can also read our health article What to expect from pregnancy for more information.




Anonymous 10 October 2018 18:38

I'm 8,months pregnant and started using ARVs 2weeks back can my baby be affected

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 October 2018 16:51

Dear Anonymous. Although pregnant women are often advised against taking many medications, this is not the case with HIV drugs. Being on ARVs will reduce the risk of transmitting (passing) the HIV virus to your baby. It is very important to continue taking ARVs throughout your pregnancy as they protect you and your baby.




Anonymous 10 October 2018 15:01

and as my heart is beating fast it won't affect the baby cos i had that stress affect the baby and i don't know why my heart is doing so?

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 October 2018 16:18

Dear Anonymous. Feeling stressed is common during pregnancy but if the stress is severe (too much) it might affect you and your baby. Speak to a trusted adult about your concerns to help you manage your stress. Try to relax but if it gets too much it’s best you see a doctor or nurse who can closely examine your symptoms and also refer you to a counsellor. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you. Here are a few tips to help you manage your stress; How to manage your stress.




Anonymous 10 October 2018 14:54

I am six weeks pregnant my stomach is always upset i can't eat anything and always weak that i can't stand for five minutes even my heart beat so fast, so what can i do to feel better?

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 October 2018 15:52

Dear Anonymous. It’s very common to get sick during pregnancy especially in the first trimester. The immune system weakens which puts you more at risk to getting sick. The best way to avoid getting sick is to make sure you are healthy. A healthy body starts with eating healthy. The vitamins and nutrients that you get from nutritious meals help to building your immune system. Taking prenatal vitamins also helps but it’s best you visit your nearest clinic and ask a nurse or doctor about the vitamins you can take. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you.

Get lots of rest and stay hydrated by drinking fluids like water. If the symptoms get worse visit the clinic so they can do a full examination. You can also read our health article What to expect from pregnancy for more information.




Anonymous 9 October 2018 15:42

What causes the water to breaks same time with the baby and is there any danger for water to not break before the baby is born?

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 October 2018 13:58

Dear Anonymous. Good question! When the baby is growing inside the womb, it’s inside a sack of fluid or “water” called the amniotic sac. During the labour the womb/uterus contracts (contractions happen when the uterus tightens or hardens) and pushes the baby out. When there is enough pressure on the sac of fluid, it bursts open and the fluid is released; this is known as “the water breaking”.  It is not a problem at what stage the water breaks as long as you are in a delivery room so that the nurse can look after your baby. 




Anonymous 8 October 2018 19:51

evening is it normal to have side effect after removing implant and if YES what will be the effects,and i always have burning pains that makes me feel uncomfortable to sit or sleep at night having pains in both side of my kidneys, i went to see a doctor, woman's clinic and the tested they did urine testing and STIs and i am clean, and i have never been treated for STIs,so i am scared because i am always in pain and i have no burning urine or something. so i need some help as soon as possible because i cant't keep on like this. THANK U

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 October 2018 13:37

Dear Anonymous. Thank you for your question. It is possible to have an irregular menstruation after removing the implant however you should not be experiencing a burning pain as a side effect of removing the implant. It is good that you went to see a doctor at the women’s clinic and it is good that they tested for STIs and urine infections.  If your pain is ongoing it’s best that you return to a doctor or nurse for a further examination, history taking and tests if necessary.  

Your pain could be from a number of different causes including the muscles or bones in your back, your kidneys, bladder, ovaries or uterus or other organs in your pelvis.  The doctor or nurse may ask you questions like: have you had a pap smear? When does this pain occur? Is your menstrual cycle normal?




Phomolo 7 October 2018 17:32

is it normal to spend more that 11 month without have a flue or fever?

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 October 2018 09:07

Hi Phomolo, yes that is completely normal and is a sign of good health. Well done! While many people get fevers or flu, especially in winter, it is not a “must” and this seems to have been the case for you. Healthy and balanced diet, exercise and taking medications as prescribed (and only when necessary) are key to maintaining good health.



Anonymous 3 October 2018 14:43

hi my name is Mellony I havea terrible problem.i have a stabbing or pricking pain in my left side of urethra that goes through the thigh and toes. it makes it difficult to sit or walk when it there. my urine is burning, feeling urgency to urinate and frequency is more. sometimes the urine feels like it blocked and have to push but only small amount comes out. I have been to several doctors and specialists including urologist and gynaecologist. been on different antibiotics including IV treatment but still not helped. cystoscopy and other tests reveal that everything is normal. what could be the problem please help

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 October 2018 09:17

Hi there, it is best to see a nurse or a doctor at your local clinic, they will be able to advise or recommend a different treatment for you. You can find and rate your local clinic here: http://ow.ly/JCYw30ltfvS



Anonymous 28 September 2018 09:11

How does irritable bowel snydrome affect sexual intercourse in a female?

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 October 2018 08:55

Hi Ano, thank you for your question. Having sex when you have irritable bowel syndrome can cause your symptoms to worsen, its best that you avoid having sex until you have visited your local doctor or nurse and they have given you the right treatment that you need.  



Ano 28 September 2018 09:09

1. How do you tell the difference between depression and a normal response to a difficult stressful situation like being in varsity. 2.If you have always been irritable, have low mood,and withdrawn, does that mean you have been depressed since childhood or that just your personality.

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 October 2018 08:46

Hi Ano, thank you for your question. You can check out our Mental Health Toolbox  to answer all your questions



Anonymous 28 September 2018 08:22

I have pimples in my virgina ever since I gave birth it is not the sam3 what should I Ä?o

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 October 2018 08:44

Hi there, thank you for your question. Having pimples on the vagina (or outside of the vagina) does not always mean one has a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI). If the pimples continue and you are having sexual contact of any kind, visit the nearest clinic to be tested and treated for an STI. Also, remember to ask your partner to also visit the clinic. To avoid STIs remember to wear a condom during sex or during sexual contact.



Anonymous 26 September 2018 19:59

Good day....is it good/healthy to have sex with an uncircumcised guy?when refusing to use a condom because he thinks we are lovers.....?thank you

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 October 2018 08:43

Hi , thank you for your question. Having sex with an uncircumcised guy puts you at higher risk of getting an infection. Remember you must always use a condom to protect yourself and your partner from STI's, HIV and unplanned pregnancies. 



Anonymous 25 September 2018 20:01

Good day....wanna ask about implant,is it possible for a person who have an implant to get pregnant??if she didn't use a condom

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 September 2018 13:59

Hi there, that's a good question, no contraception is 100% so it is always possible to fall pregnant even when you have a method of contraception.  



Anonymous 25 September 2018 16:10

Good day..I stopped using Petogen 9 months ago since my husband and I a trying to conceive, the past two months I've had early and very light 2 day periods..last month it happened twice( around the implantation period and again on the day I had expected my period).I took 2 pregnancy tests last month and both where negative.I'm confused, could I be pregnant or it my body changing?

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 September 2018 14:00

It is always possible to fall pregnant so it is always good to check but if your period continues to be abnormal I would suggest you go to see a nurse or doctor so that they can take a full history and examination as well as make sure your pap smear is normal.



Anonymous 24 September 2018 13:28

Is it normal to have dark mark on my skin and how can i get rid of it

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 September 2018 09:21

Hi Shariefa, thank you for your question, it depends on what may have caused the dark mark on your skin, it is possible it may be a bruise. If you feel that you are concerned about the mark or if you have pain its best that you visit a local clinic and get it checked 



Anonymous 24 September 2018 13:25

Why does baby kick so much

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 September 2018 08:30

Hi Shariefa, thank you for your question, a baby kicks a lot when the baby is growing and starting to move around.



Anonymous 22 September 2018 21:34

What's the treatment of high blood pressure in pregnant women?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 24 September 2018 08:29

Dear Anonymous. High blood pressure means your heart has to work harder than normal. This can lead to heart problems and heart failure.

Common causes of high blood pressure include:

·         Smoking

·         Drinking too much alcohol

·         Too much salt in food

·         Being overweight

·         Not exercising

It’s best you visit your local clinic and a nurse or doctor can help you understand how to control your blood pressure using medication and lifestyle changes. Use our Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you.




Anonymous 22 September 2018 21:21

What is the treatment of HIV PEP?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 24 September 2018 07:53

Dear Anonymous. Thank you for your question. To learn more about Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) and how it can help you please click on this article; What is PEP and how can it help me?.




Clint 21 September 2018 13:53

What is the reason to have a medical male circumcison? If I practice good hygiene, can I do without it? Thank you.

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 September 2018 16:50

Hi Clint. Medical Male Circumcision (MMC) has many benefits!

·         It is easier to keep the penis clean. Circumcision lowers the risk of cancer of the penis.

·         It lowers the risk of HIV and STIs, though it doesn’t remove the risk entirely, so circumcised men should still use a condom at all times.

·         Males who are circumcised have a lower risk of getting a urinary tract infection and can also protect female partners against cervical cancer.

If someone is circumcised, there is also less friction during sex, which means there is less chance of skin or wounds opening and HIV being transmitted. Lastly, the foreskin can also catch liquids, so if your partner is HIV positive, their body fluid can stay trapped in the foreskin and have more of a chance of infecting you. You can also read our articles; Medical male circumcision: What to expect and MMC: All the facts about medical male circumcision exposed for more information.

 




Anonymous 18 September 2018 12:20

I want to ask that what will happen if u take morning after pills after 120 hours

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 September 2018 12:21

Hi there, morning after pills work only if you take them within 72 hours of having unprotected sexual intercourse, otherwise pregnancy may result. You need to visit your local clinic for a pregnancy test and an HIV test, you can find your local clinic here http://ow.ly/Tled30lRuIo



Ano 17 September 2018 10:41

Which adult vaccinations can you get from the local clinics??

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 September 2018 15:45

Hi Ano, good question. People that are at high risk of getting influenza (flu), local government clinics will be able to provide this vaccination. Local government clinics are also able to provide tetanus injections (a vaccine given to adolescents and adults as a booster shot) for people who have been advised to get it. If you would like a particular vaccination, It’s best you visit your nearest clinic for more information. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. You can also read this article Which vaccinations are for adolescents in South Africa? which will give you a list of vaccines available for adolescents.

    



Anonymous 15 September 2018 16:58

I'm pregnant what must i eat? i dont have a favourate food n i dont like any kind of food help me.

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 September 2018 12:43

Hi there, read this article and learn about healthy food



Anonymous 14 September 2018 15:12

What cause your rectum to be sore badly, have digusting odour discharge from your rectum and which medicines should i take ??

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 September 2018 12:12

Hi there, you need to be examined by a Dr for this. There could be a lot of causes. Please visit your local clinic. You can find and rate your local clinic here http://ow.ly/Tled30lRuIo



Anonymous 14 September 2018 15:11

What cause your rectum to be sore badly, have digusting odour discharge from your rectum and which medicines should i take ??

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 September 2018 12:11

Hi there, you need to be examined by a Dr for this. There could be a lot of causes. Please visit your local clinic. You can find and rate your local clinic here http://ow.ly/Tled30lRuIo



Anonymous 14 September 2018 11:10

Hi am new on my treatment so now after take a pill every night my hands and my leg are being itchy and I nolonger sleep long hours at night but during the day I sleep long.please I want to know why it's like that

B-Wise Expert Expert 14 September 2018 11:40

Hi there, What treatment are you currently on?



MontleBeiigh 13 September 2018 16:30

How long does it take after sexual intercourse for pregnancy to occur

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 September 2018 12:14

Hi there, Pregnancy doesn’t start the day that partners have sex — it can take up to six days after intercourse for the sperm and egg to join and form a fertilized egg. Then, it can take 6 to 10 days for the fertilized egg to completely implant itself in the lining of the uterus. Pregnancy begins during that implantation, when the hormones needed for pregnancy are released. You can buy a pregnancy test at any pharmacy, or you can visit your nearest clinic for a pregnancy test. You can find and rate your local clinic here http://ow.ly/Tled30lRuIo



Anonymous 12 September 2018 19:04

How long does it takes for hiv symptoms to show

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 September 2018 12:29

Hi there to learn more about HIV visit our HIV section here



Anonymous 12 September 2018 18:55

Can one contract Hiv if they used a damaged condom but after intercause you washed your private parts?

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 September 2018 10:51

Hi there Fection, thank you for your question. Yes you can get HIV if you have used a damaged condom. It is very important that you and your partner get tested for HIV and STi's. 



Anonymous 12 September 2018 18:45

What are the early symptoms of HIV

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 September 2018 12:36

Hi there to learn more about HIV visit our HIV section here 



Anonymous 12 September 2018 08:13

I had sex with a new guy without condom, the next morning my body felt weird now every morning when I get up my face is swollen and my eyes get heavy to open. What's wrong with me?

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 September 2018 08:15

Hi AsandaN, thank you for your question. That is a very interesting question, it would be difficult to say exactly what the problem may be. It would be best to visit your local clinic to get checked by a doctor or a nurse and they be able to tell you exactly what is wrong and they will be give you the right treatment. 



jodey black 10 September 2018 20:51

And which foods should i avoid at the moment ??

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 September 2018 10:05

Hi Jodey Black, thank you for your question. When you visit your doctor or nurse at the local clinic they will be able to tell you what foods you should be staying away from. 



jodey black 10 September 2018 20:49

I've been having severe diarrhea, itching rectum and bad odour discharge. It's procolitis/proctitis but the queues at the clinic are too long and i don't have enough money to go to the doctor, which treatment can i get at the pharmacy without prescription ??

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 September 2018 15:59

Hi anonymous, thank you for this question. Unfortunately, it sounds like the pharmacy medication might not be enough to solve this problem. You might need some prescription medicines, which means you need to see a doctor or nurse. Queues can get very long, but you can use our clinic finder to see if there’s another clinic close by that you could try. The medication you can get at the clinic is also free. Find and rate clinics near you here: http://ow.ly/vN4830lMZLf



jodey black 10 September 2018 20:49

I've been having severe diarrhea, itching rectum and bad odour discharge. It's procolitis/proctitis but the queues at the clinic are too long and i don't have enough money to go to the doctor, which treatment can i get at the pharmacy without prescription ??

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 September 2018 15:58

Hi jodey black, thank you for this question. Unfortunately, it sounds like the pharmacy medication might not be enough to solve this problem. You might need some prescription medicines, which means you need to see a doctor or nurse. Queues can get very long, but you can use our clinic finder to see if there’s another clinic close by that you could try. The medication you can get at the clinic is also free. Find and rate clinics near you here: http://ow.ly/vN4830lMZLf



Anonymous 10 September 2018 09:01

I am a mother to a year old and separated with the father of the child....I am in a relationship with someone else....if I have sex with him will it affect the child's health?

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 September 2018 14:43

Hi Anonymous, having sex with your new partner will not affect the health of your child but remember to always use a condom to protect yourself and your new partner from STIs and HIV. 



Anonymous 9 September 2018 10:52

Hi me and my gf recently had sex and during the intercourse ,she bled a little so we had to stop, fearing further bleeding. When she got home she got abnormal Discharges... What could be the cause and does it have to do with pregnancy coz I checked my condoms they didn't break...what is the cause?

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 September 2018 15:46

Dear anonymous, thank you for your question. There are many things that can cause a woman to bleed after sex, some of the reasons are as follows:

•             Not enough lubrication – even though the vagina has its own lubrication, sometimes it is not enough. Hormone levels, medications, and less foreplay during sex can also dryness. This results in more friction and can cause small cuts that may bleed. You can use a water-based lubricant (not oil-based as this has high chances of breaking the condom)

•             If you have a rough sex- the rougher the sex is, the more friction there is as well, and this can also result in small tears which may bleed a little.

•             Bleeding can also come from the cervix – If you penetrate too deep, you may reach the cervix which is very soft and it bleeds easily. The cervix can also bleed if there is cervical cancer growing on it, so we would advise your partner to visit her nearest clinic for a check-up.

•             Vaginal discharges are normal for women, the discharge may feel a bit wet and sticky, but shouldn’t smell bad. If your girlfriend’s discharge has changed it’s colour, smells bad, looks brownish or creamy in colour, or she is experiencing some itchiness, she might have an infection and we would advise her to seek medical attention. You can read our short article with your girlfriend and learn more about vaginal discharge and what does it mean, click here: https://bwisehealth.com/article/-i-have-a-discharge-do-i-have-an-sti-

Please remember to continue using a condom every time you have sex to protect yourself from HIV, STIs and to prevent unplanned pregnancy. You can go to your nearest clinic to check the cause of the bleeding. You can find your nearest clinic here: https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/. For more information about STI, please read our STI section on bwisehealth.com and learn more. Click on the link https://bwisehealth.com/category/sti



Anonymous 8 September 2018 16:26

hi how do I know that the contraceptive injection is out of my body after using it

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 September 2018 16:12

Hi there anonymous, thank you for your question. There are two types of contraceptive injections which are:

•   Nur isterate: This one is given every two months

•   Depo Provera: This one is given every three months

 

It is not easy to know if the injection is out of your body and it is different for everyone. If you are trying to fall pregnant and your reproductive system is working well, it may take you up to seven months to fall pregnant after you have stopped the two monthly injection (Nur isterate) and it may take you up to nine months to fall pregnant after you have stopped the three monthly injection (Depo Provera).



Anonymous 8 September 2018 14:06

I have a problem.. most of the time i collapse in assembly at school every if its not a hot day what is the cause??

B-Wise Expert Expert 13 September 2018 15:32

Dear anonymous, thank you for your question. If you are standing for a long time during assembly, it is common to feel lightheaded and faint especially for adolescents. We would advise you to make sure that you have a good breakfast and carry a bottle of juice with you during assembly. Whenever you feel like fainting or lightheaded, drink some juice.

If this doesn’t help and the fainting continues, please visit your nearest clinic. You can find your nearest clinic here: https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/.You may also be suffering from anemia or another medical condition. Visiting a doctor or clinic for a check-up will confirm if you have any medical conditions. 



Anonymous 7 September 2018 10:51

I want to know what must i do when my menstruation is not normal and the colour is not normal and it has a bad smell

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 September 2018 11:54

Dear anonymous, this may be caused by many different things. Usually, the colour of your menstruation and bleeding changes when you start using hormonal contraception. We would advise you to visit your nearest clinic to ensure that you rule out any chance of sexually transmitted infections. You can find your nearest clinic here: https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/. For more information about menstrual problems, please read our short article about menstrual problems. Click on this link: https://bwisehealth.com/article/when-your-period-signals-a-problem-menstrual-problems-that-may-need-medical-attention 



Anonymous 6 September 2018 08:27

Hello I have a problem you have a problem with my nails my nails is 2 and broken and is so painful there's been a long time now so what can I do with this I don't know it's infection or what I need your help

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 September 2018 15:43

Dear anonymous, thank you for your question. Having weak nails is a common thing, mostly among women. This can be caused by repeated wetness and drying (such as washing dishes). Weak nails are also caused by lack of vitamins and thyroid disorders. We would advise you to seek immediate help from your nearest clinic. You can find your nearest clinic here: https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/ 



Anonymous 5 September 2018 22:45

I want no how long am i pragnet.

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 September 2018 11:51

Dear anonymous, thank you for your question.  You may be able to estimate how long have you been pregnant by counting the weeks from the first day of your last normal menstrual period (for example, the first day you started bleeding).  This is called your “gestational age” and this is what doctors and nurses will use to estimate when you are going to give birth.   If you want to know when you actually became pregnant then it was most likely around 2 weeks after that first day of your last normal period.

You can go to your nearest clinic and they will do an ultrasound scan (used by doctors and nurses to check for health-related problems or for any developments in a human body) may also help the nurse or doctor to tell you how long have you been pregnant.  Most clinics do not have ultrasounds available, however, most hospitals do.  Some doctors also do ultrasounds, but you would need to check before you go if they are able to do ultrasounds and how much it will cost. We would advise you to go to your nearest clinic for a proper check-up. You can find your nearest clinic or hospital here: https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/



Anonymous 5 September 2018 16:32

I always bleed after having sex with this one certain guy and not with someone else. What might be the cause?

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 September 2018 10:27

Dear anonymous, thank you for your question. There are many things that can cause a woman to bleed after sex, some of the reasons are as follows:

  • Not enough lubrication – even though the vagina has its own lubrication, sometimes it is not enough. Hormone levels, medications, and less foreplay during sex can also dryness. This results in more friction and can cause small cuts that may bleed. You can use a water-based lubricant (not oil-based as this has high chances of breaking the condom)
  • If you have a rough sex- the rougher the sex is, the more friction there is as well, and this can also result in small tears which may bleed a little.
  • Bleeding can also come from the cervix – If your partner penetrates too deep, it may reach the cervix which is very soft and it bleeds easily. The cervix can also bleed if there is cervical cancer growing on it, so we would advise you to visit your nearest clinic for a check-up.

Please remember to use a condom every time you have sex to protect yourself from HIV, STIs and to prevent unplanned pregnancy. You can go to your nearest to check the cause of the bleeding. You can find your nearest clinic here: https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/. For more information about STI, please read our STI section on bwisehealth.com and learn more. Click on the link https://bwisehealth.com/category/sti



Anonymous 5 September 2018 14:18

The smell that comes from vagina what can ve a cause

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 September 2018 18:52

Dear anonymous, thank you for your question. Having a smell from your vagina is normal. It can change slightly throughout your menstrual cycle or after sex. We advise that you do not use anything like soaps and douches to try and change it as this can change the normal smell of your vaginal flora (this helps to keep your vagina healthy). If it smells bad or you are having a discharge then you may have an infection such as an STI.

 

We advise you to go to your nearest clinic for a check-up to make sure you don’t have an STI or any other infection. You can find your nearest clinic here: https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/

 

If you find out that you have an STI, it is important that your partner also gets treatment otherwise there’s a chance he/she will re-infect you.  For more information about STIs, please read our STI section on bwisehealth.com and learn more. Click on this link: https://bwisehealth.com/category/sti



Anonymous 4 September 2018 22:07

My penis becomes itch when i urinate

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 September 2018 22:48

Hi there anonymous, thank you for your question. Itchiness when you urinate can be caused by many things, one of those is when someone has an STI. Itchiness when you urinate is one of the common symptoms of an STI. Though we would advise you to visit your nearest clinic to get tested and know if there are any possibilities for you to have an STI. Use our clinic finder on bwisehealth.com to find a clinic closer to you, click on the link https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/ . You can also read more about STI on our STI section and be informed about STIs, follow the link to learn more about STI https://bwisehealth.com/category/sti



B-Wise Expert Expert 9 September 2018 22:48

Hi there anonymous, thank you for your question. Itchiness when you urinate can be caused by many things, one of those is when someone has an STI. Itchiness when you urinate is one of the common symptoms of an STI. Though we would advise you to visit your nearest clinic to get tested and know if there are any possibilities for you to have an STI. Use our clinic finder on bwisehealth.com to find a clinic closer to you, click on the link https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/ . You can also read more about STI on our STI section and be informed about STIs, follow the link to learn more about STI https://bwisehealth.com/category/sti



B-Wise Expert Expert 9 September 2018 22:48

Hi there anonymous, thank you for your question. Itchiness when you urinate can be caused by many things, one of those is when someone has an STI. Itchiness when you urinate is one of the common symptoms of an STI. Though we would advise you to visit your nearest clinic to get tested and know if there are any possibilities for you to have an STI. Use our clinic finder on bwisehealth.com to find a clinic closer to you, click on the link https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/ . You can also read more about STI on our STI section and be informed about STIs, follow the link to learn more about STI https://bwisehealth.com/category/sti



Anonymous 4 September 2018 08:44

my hand nails are changed to become brown after getting birth.

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 September 2018 17:25

Hello anonymous, thank you for your question. The changes in the color of your fingernails may be caused by different things, which may be:

1.  An infection or injury on your nail bed

2.  It can be caused by a well-known disease or medical condition which can be checked to make sure which diseases cause this.

3. Little or too much hormones which may be related to pregnancy hormones.

Please visit your nearest health facility for a check-up and get immediate treatment for this symptoms. You can use our clinic finder here: https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/  to find your nearest clinic.



Anonymous 2 September 2018 18:36

hi I was on contraceptive injection for two months i injected once on the 27 of March so last month 05-08 my period come back and it was heavier and dark in colour even this month 01-09 but on time so i want to know what is causing it to be heavy and very dark and when will i start ovulating I'm trying to have a baby

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 September 2018 08:16

Hi, thank you for your question. Taking a contraceptive injection can cause your period to change, it would be best for you to visit your local clinic and get checked by a doctor or a nurse. They will be able to tell you exactly what is wrong and they will give you the right treatment. 



k9203 1 September 2018 00:23

Hi,ive been on ART for 3yrs nw,i recently met someone,told him about my status,he sometimes refuse to use protection even when he knws my status,i would like to knw who is in more danger btwn both of us,i am scared i might get re-infections,he also refuse goin for testing because he is scared of taking ARV's,what should i do,because i do not want to about changing partners.

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 September 2018 11:13

Hi k9203. Thank you for your question. Well done for being honest with your partner about your status. Remember using protection or condoms doesn’t only protect your partner but it also protects you from STI’s and unplanned pregnancies. You can read this article on how you can talk to your partner Talking to your partner: How to make it easier



Anonymous 31 August 2018 20:03

This is my moms phone .Please assist as I m in verge of loosing it.I had crainiotomy 2007 following car accident.Since then I struggled a lot with reading.So I was in special school till I completed level4 in 2016.What now?.My parents have tried to find skills training but no one wants to help.I m sitting at bhome since 2016.I would to learn some skills using my hands.Reading is really a problen.Plz help.Where can I go and get help.I have a disability and my future is uncertain at this point. These are my words but my mom helped me to write to you.Help me please.

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 September 2018 11:27

Hi Thobile A, thank you for your question. Well done for going back to school and trying to gain skill. You should be proud of yourself. Don’t stress, there are many different skills that you can learn such as sowing, painting, doing nails and you can even start your own business one day. You can also take a look at the She Conquers website, there are a few organisations that can assist you http://sheconquerssa.co.za/



Anonymous 31 August 2018 17:13

When are the sypmtoms likely to go away because it happens every day and its been two weeks now

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 September 2018 11:03

Hi T.d What are your symptoms?



Anonymous 31 August 2018 14:29

How can one fall easy pregnant.

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 August 2018 14:38

Hi Anonymous, thank you for your question. In order to have the most chance of falling pregnant, one must not be on any contraceptive and must have unprotected sex about 12 to 18 days after the first day of their period.  The day that you start bleeding you should count as day 1. Women are most likely to ovulate (release an egg) 14 days after the first day after her period.  The sperm is most likely to find the egg if you have sex over the few days before and after ovulation, therefore from around day 12 to 18.  You may not fall pregnant the first month you try but keep trying.  There are many reasons that some people might struggle to fall pregnant.  If you have been on injectable or pill contraception it can take up to 6 months for your period and ovulation to get back to normal.  There can be many other illnesses and causes of infertility for men and women.  If you are concerned about your fertility, you should speak to a nurse or doctor.  Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. If you have a smart phone you can also download a fertility app or period tracker app like Dot or Ovia which can help you track when you are most fertile. Click on this link for more information https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/fertility-apps.




Anonymous 31 August 2018 09:59

Alryt thank you very much

Anonymous 31 August 2018 09:57

I have gome to the clinic the test came out negative so does it mean i am safe

Anonymous 31 August 2018 09:41

I have gome to the clinic the test came out negative so does it mean i am safe

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 August 2018 09:51

Hi there T.d, if you have gone to the clinic for a pregnancy test and it came out negative that means you are not pregnant. Although if you are still experiencing the symptoms that you have previously mentioned then it would be best for you to go back to the clinic and tell the nurse or a doctor about your symptoms and they will check you up and tell you exactly what the problem may be. 



Anonymous 30 August 2018 19:35

I have asked a question but i havent recieved the answer that i have just started using nuristerate bt i have been having pregnancy sypmtoms my breasts a becoming darker have been vomitting in the morning my tummy line ssems to be getting darker bt i have went and tested but it came out negative help could i be pregnant

Anonymous 30 August 2018 15:20

Hi pls help i have just started nuristerate but i have been having pregnancy sypmtoms i have dark nipples i have morning sickness and my line that runs down my tummy is darker and i have been spooting for a very long time could i be pregant help

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 August 2018 08:06

Hi there T.d.

Thank you for your question. Injectable contraceptives have doses of a hormone called ;progesterone, and this hormone can change your menstruation and it can cause you to have pregnancy symptoms as your body gets used to the injection.. But remember, because you just started the injection you can still be fertile so you can still fall pregnant .If you think you may be pregnant, visit your local clinic for a pregnancy test



Anonymous 29 August 2018 08:59

And what If that person is cheating on u wat should u do then??.

B-Wise Expert Expert 29 August 2018 09:14

Hi there, thank you for your question. If you think your partner may be cheating on you it is very important that you get tested for HIV and STI immediately. That is why we suggest that you and your partner get tested for HIV and STI's every six months to be safe.



Anonymous 27 August 2018 12:44

Hi, need same help i am in a trama since April till now .i lost my boyfriend in a car accident now i always think about him good and bad time.i cant think like he always in my mind.to be with his family i feel like everything is okay.i went to cancelling doesn't help.i love that man even ndou he is gone...how can i forget about him or move on.thank you.

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 August 2018 15:43

So sorry to hear that you lost your boyfriend, and in such a traumatic way. Grieving can take a long time, so it makes sense that it’s still affecting you a lot. Just because someone dies, doesn’t mean our feelings for them go away.

Counselling won’t take the feelings away – nothing can take them away – but time can help you learn to live with it. Let yourself be sad and miss him, spend time with his family if you want to, and find ways to remember him that work for you (e.g. speaking to him, writing about your feelings, doing or eating or wearing something he loved).

Know that grief takes as long as it takes. There is no wrong way to grieve, so don’t pressure yourself to forget him, even if it’s frustrating sometimes. If you feel like you might be becoming depressed and your work/studies and relationships are being affected, counselling can help you to deal with that part of it.



Ttttt 26 August 2018 21:29

Why is my penise small

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 August 2018 05:39

Different people develop at different ages, so if you have not yet started to see any changes, it doesn't mean they are not going to happen. The changes also happen slowly over time, so you may not notice immediately. The size of a penis changes during puberty. This is when major changes happen in the body and can start as early as 10 years of age. The penis usually stops growing when you finish puberty but can stop growing anytime in-between that. You may have a penis that has grown to its full size as early as 13 years or as late as 18 years. It is not the same for all people. 




Leo 25 August 2018 19:23

What does it mean if the colour of my urine is red, beetroot red, but haven't eaten beetroot or any foods that may contain the colour red.?

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 August 2018 05:50

Hi there, thank you for your question. There may be a few reasons why the colour of your urine is red. It is usually a sign that there may be an infection. It may be a bladder infection (usually called a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) or a sign of an STI. It would be best for you to visit a clinic near you so they can do an examination. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. You can also read our article Urinary tract infections: what’s the lowdown? and articles from our STI Section to learn more.




Anonymous 23 August 2018 13:34

If u are I a relationship with HIV men but he takes the medication corekly den it happen to HV unprotected sex is it possible for u to be infected.

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 August 2018 05:30

Hi Anonymous, thank you for your question. You are still at risk of getting HIV if you have unprotected sex with an HIV person but you need to understand why. Some medications these days work so well that a person (male or female) with HIV can have unprotected sex and their partner will not get HIV, BUT THEIR VIRAL LOAD TEST MUST BE SUPPRESSED!  So what does it mean to have a suppressed viral load? This means that when the doctor or nurse take blood from them and send it to a laboratory for testing, the laboratory cannot find any HIV viruses in their blood.  They still have HIV but they are taking their medication correctly everyday so the HIV is controlled and just stays in the immune organs of the person and is not in the blood or semen or vaginal fluid.  This would mean that their viral load blood test will come back showing no HIV (or a suppressed viral load) and they will not spread HIV through their semen, vaginal fluid or through the anus.  The important thing to remember is that you do not know that the medicine is definitely working just because they are taking the medication correctly! They have to have their viral load blood test done and the result must come back showing that the viral load is suppressed. 

Some people with HIV might take their medicine correctly but their viral load is not suppressed.  This happens when their medication is not working even though they are taking it correctly.  Different types of HIV viruses need different medication.  Viral load tests are done every year. Someone may have had a suppressed viral load in January but in February they don’t take their medication correctly and then their viral load will not be suppressed anymore.  They will not know that their viral load is not suppressed until the following year when they test their viral load.  It is therefore very difficult to know for sure that someone’s viral load is suppressed all the time.  It’s best to use a condom every time you have sex especially when you don’t know the person’s viral load result and you don’t know if they are still taking their medication correctly. Condoms also protect you from other infections like hepatitis, syphilis, HPV (which can cause cervical cancer) and other STIs (sexually transmitted infections) and to prevent unwanted pregnancies.  You can read our article STI questions? All the answers to learn more about STIs. It’s best that you and your partner also visit your nearest clinic to seek further help. You can find your nearest clinic here




Anonymous 23 August 2018 13:19

When can I go for sterilization.

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 August 2018 14:06

Hi there, thank you for your question. Sterialisation can take place at any time however it’s important that you and your partner have been in counselling and are sure you have completed your family. Please ask the nurse at your nearest clinic about the process of the procedure. You can find your nearest clinic here




Anonymous 23 August 2018 13:18

Is it ok for a four months baby to sweat at night.

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 August 2018 13:56

Hi Anonymous, thank you for your question. Babies of 4 months old may sweat at night while they sleep. However, if it is too much and your baby wakes up wet there may be something worth seeing the doctor for. Firstly make sure you are not over-dressing your baby, that is using too many blankets or heating the room too much. If none of these is a problem and your baby is showing signs of not growing well, you should see a doctor or nurse at your nearest clinic. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you.




Anonymous 23 August 2018 09:46

What causes pain around the opening of the vagina when having sex, or putting a tampon or when touching the area.

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 August 2018 10:19

Hi Anonymous. There could be a number of reasons for this. Firstly, his penis may be larger than before and may have hurt the wall of your vagina. If this is the case, it’s best you try a different sexual position that doesn’t allow for deep penetration (when penis deeply enters the vagina). Secondly, it could be that the wall of your vagina was dry and you were not sufficiently aroused before you started having sex. You may then be are suffering from vaginal dryness. Check out this article for more information: Why dry sex is not a good idea . To improve this, you could use a lubricant such as KY jelly. Lastly, you may also have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or vaginal condition which got worse during sex. It’s best you visit your local clinic and get tested for STIs. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you.




Anonymous 22 August 2018 16:42

I have a bad cough. Should I go to the pharmacy?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 August 2018 05:49

Hi Anonymous, thank you for your question. It is best that you visit your local clinic to check if you have a cold, flu or another condition.  It is also important to test for TB, if the TB test is negative, the clinic should send you for a chest X-ray. This X-ray will check if the coughing is because of permanent damage to your lungs. Coughing is not always because of an infection or a condition of the chest – it can also be caused by some medication.


If you have a cold, you may have a blocked nose, sneezing, coughing or headaches, but flu is worse, and it happens quite suddenly. You would usually have a high fever, painful cough, a very sore body, sore throat and a blocked or runny nose. Flu can be treated with medications called antivirals (e.g. Tamiflu), but it is best if you see a doctor or a nurse for further help. You can find your nearest clinic here





Nkabi 21 August 2018 18:35

I'm so confused I was supposed to get on my period by 8th of August and now I've been on period pains but I don't menstruate

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 August 2018 04:52

Hi Anonymous, thank you for your question. When you don’t get your period, your first thought is probably that you are pregnant. However if you are sexually active and have not been having protected sex, it’s best you buy a pregnancy test or visit your local clinic to test for pregnancy. There are however many other reasons why you might not be getting you period – for example, if you are on a contraceptive such as the family planning injection. Check out our article Different kinds of contraceptives to give you more information about the different kinds of contraceptives. If you are very fit, or if you have an eating disorder such as anorexia, this usually affects your menstrual cycle. Sickness or gynaecological problems are another reason for irregular periods. It’s best to know as soon as possible what the cause is. You can visit your local clinic to get checked by a doctor or a nurse so they can tell you exactly what the problem may be. You can use the Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you. Don’t forget to rate the clinic you have chosen.  




Nkabi 21 August 2018 18:34

How can you that pregnancy is terminated after using asprin?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 August 2018 10:11

Hi Anonymous, thank you for your question. Using aspirin while you are pregnant can be dangerous to your unborn baby and may lead to abnormalities in the baby. However it does not cause termination of pregnancy. It’s best if you visit your local clinic to seek further help. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you.

    



Anonymous 20 August 2018 14:55

How a u do if u a HIV and u want to write a book about ur status

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 August 2018 15:09

If you want to write a book, talk to a teacher, lecturer or writer you know and see if they can read through your writing and guide you through the process. if you want to publish a book, you will have to submit it to a publisher. But there are many ways to share your story. A blog or social media page is also an option, and you can even get published right here on B-Wise! Submit your story here: http://ow.ly/RLDz30ltyus



Anonymous 20 August 2018 14:54

So why clinics have lack of pregnancy prevention.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 August 2018 15:04

Hi there, if your clinic doesn’t have contraception, we want to know about it! You can report good or bad service you received at this clinic here: http://ow.ly/JCYw30ltfvS



Anonymous 20 August 2018 14:54

If u live with HIV what mast I do because ARV can move into my neck she was staking.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 August 2018 15:03

Hi there, this is how ARVs work: http://ow.ly/RtoG30ltg4x. If you are worried about any side effects, ask your doctor or nurse the next time you pick up your ARVs. 



Anonymous 20 August 2018 14:53

I am feeling dizzynes and like i can vomit i went to clinic today for checking pregnancy the results is negetive of pregnancy test .so i dont knw whats.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 August 2018 15:03

Hi there, you will need to go back to the clinic and ask the nurse or doctor to do more tests. You can find and rate your local clinic here: http://ow.ly/JCYw30ltfvS



Anonymous 20 August 2018 14:53

4Tell me what is viral loud mean .

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 August 2018 15:12

Hi there, a viral load measures the amount of HIV in the blood. If HIV is present in the blood it means the virus is making copies of itself and spilling over into the blood. The higher the viral load, the more replication. coping is taking place. A person with a high viral load will have a weaker immune system putting them at risk of developing more illnesses and infections.


If one is on ARVs and taking them properly, then their VL should be less than 40 copies/ml (suppressed). If the VL is not suppressed, then the virus is replicating and likely becoming resistant to the ARVs.



Anonymous 20 August 2018 14:53

Goodday l have a problem my discharge is smelling so bad what can I do?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 August 2018 15:02

Hi there, there are different types of vaginal discharges and some may need medical attention. Read more: http://ow.ly/dkhS30ltfAF 



Anonymous 20 August 2018 14:52

What are the symptoms of being HIV infective?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 August 2018 15:01

 Hi there, you can learn more about HIV here: http://ow.ly/hFQN30ltfx5



Anonymous 20 August 2018 14:52

My medication is very strong so since am pregnant can i change it or not.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 August 2018 15:00

Hi there, it is best to see a nurse or a doctor at your local clinic, they will be able to advise or recommend a different treatment for you. You can find and rate your local clinic here: http://ow.ly/JCYw30ltfvS 



Ano 20 August 2018 09:07

Hi, I've been feeling pain in my wrist and it also feel swollen. Icant bend my hand backwards and it radiates into my pinky finger and now its in my metacarpals. Is this caused by writing alot , will it go away on its own or it just need painkillers

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 August 2018 15:19

Hi Ano, thank you for your question. It is possible that you are experiencing this pain because of writing a lot. It's important to remember to take breaks when you writing, you can also do some hand exercises during these breaks. You can go to the local clinic and get your hand checked out, the nurse or doctor will give you the right medication that you need.  



Anonymous 17 August 2018 10:37

Hi im am a 23 year old female and was on contraception for 3 years and stopped in 2014 my period is now regular but recently ive been having my period twice in a month 10 days apart and on the second time that it comes the blood seems to be mixed with discharge but does not have a foul smell its not even heavy its so light that i use a panty liner and i have no cramps and got a clots which are not really bloody what might be the problem?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 August 2018 12:16

Hi there, thank you for your question. There many reasons for ladies to have irregular menstruations and it would be best to go and have a check-up and a papsmear to make sure it isn’t something serious.  It is also a good idea to do pregnancy test if there is a possibility that you might be pregnant.  If everything is fine, then the doctor can start you on a oral contraceptive to regulate your periods.  All women get some discharge which is normal – it is usually clear or whitish and does not have a foul smell.  If the discharge you are describing is different to what you usually experience it would be a good idea to have it checked as some infections like thrush do not have a badl smell.



Anonymous 17 August 2018 10:35

Hi im am a 23 year old female and was on contraception for 3 years and stopped in 2014 my period is now regular but recently ive been having my period twice in a month 10 days apart and on the second time that it comes the blood seems to be mixed with discharge but does not have a foul smell its not even heavy its so light that i use a panty liner and i have no cramps and got a clots which are not really bloody what might be the problem?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 August 2018 12:15

Hi there, thank you for your question. There many reasons for ladies to have irregular menstruations and it would be best to go and have a check-up and a papsmear to make sure it isn’t something serious.  It is also a good idea to do pregnancy test if there is a possibility that you might be pregnant.  If everything is fine, then the doctor can start you on a oral contraceptive to regulate your periods.  All women get some discharge which is normal – it is usually clear or whitish and does not have a foul smell.  If the discharge you are describing is different to what you usually experience it would be a good idea to have it checked as some infections like thrush do not have a badl smell.



Anonymous 14 August 2018 23:58

hi what causes men to urine blood and how can you stop it please

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 August 2018 14:45

Hi there, thank you for your question. This can happen when you have a urinary track infection which is caused when bacteria enters your body through the urethra and it can cause a bladder infection. It is best that you visit a nurse or a doctor at a local clinic so they can give you the antibiotics that you may need. 



niky 14 August 2018 23:58

hi what causes men to urine blood and how can you stop it please

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 August 2018 14:45

Hi there, thank you for your question. This can happen when you have a urinary track infection which is caused when bacteria enters your body through the urethra and it can cause a bladder infection. It is best that you visit a nurse or a doctor at a local clinic so they can give you the antibiotics that you may need. 



Anonymous 14 August 2018 23:58

hi what causes men to urine blood and how can you stop it please

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 August 2018 14:43

Hi there, thank you for your question. This can happen when you have a urinary track infection which is caused when bacteria enters your body through the urethra and it can cause a bladder infection. It is best that you visit a nurse or a doctor at a local clinic so they can give you the antibiotics that you may need. 



Anonymous 14 August 2018 15:30

I've been smoking crystal meth, then suddenly started having stomach cramps and a few days after i started smelling poop til today even my rectum is a bit sore, this has been going on for about two months and i never went to a clinic/hospital. What could possibly be the problem ??

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 August 2018 15:35

Hi there, thank you for your question. This is one of the effects of smoking crystal meth, it can damage your organs. It may seem difficult going to the clinic or the hospital, but remember doctors and nurses are there to help you and give you the right treatment. Crystal meth can be difficult to quite but it can be very dangerous for your health.  Remember you are not alone, there are people who you can call and they will help you such as Narcotics Anonymous: 083 900 6962 and Narconon South Africa: 011 622-3998



lee~ray 7 August 2018 20:35

who discovered HIV AND HOW DID THEY KNOW THAT AVR'S CAN HELP LOWER THE DISEASE

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 August 2018 14:51

Hi, thank you for your question. HIV was discovered by Luc Antoine Montagnier. There was a lot of research done over the years with HIV and scientists had discovered ARV's would help people with HIV. 



Anonymous 3 August 2018 10:19

is it advisable to take vitamins to gain weight or just eat a balanced diet

B-Wise Expert Expert 4 August 2018 19:03

Hi thank you for your question. Its best that you have a balanced diet to gain weight. Although taking vitamins can help you gain weight.



Anonymous 3 August 2018 10:18

Hi how can peripheral neuropathy of feet be under control for one who has Hiv and stable. Taking trepline for 5 years but still no change.

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 August 2018 16:06

Hi Anonymous. Thank you for your question. Peripheral neuropathy can happen when a person takes certain medications like stavudine D4T, zidovudine AZT or didanosine. It can also come from using a lot of alcohol for a long time, or from diabetes. It’s best to ask your nurse or doctor to make sure you are not on one of the ARVs that can cause the problem or worsen it. It’s also important to test for diabetes and to limit your alcohol intake if you choose to drink. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. You can check out our article: https://bwisehealth.com/article/what-is-diabetes for more information about diabetes and you can also read our article: https://bwisehealth.com/article/binge-drinking-and-alcohol-poisoning to learn more about other dangers of too much alcohol intake.



Anonymous 2 August 2018 11:31

How do I know I have an STI

B-Wise Expert Expert 2 August 2018 12:12

Hi there, thank you for your question. You can check out this article to answer your question I don't want to get an STI - how can I protect myself? 



Anonymous 2 August 2018 10:27

Is it good to take vitamins when you are HIV and want to gain weight. That is if you are already on Haart and stable without any problems.

B-Wise Expert Expert 2 August 2018 10:36

Hi there, thank you for your question. It is safe to take vitamins when you are HIV positive, although it would be best for you to talk to your nurse or your doctor so they can tell you which would be best for you. 



Mariam Oye 1 August 2018 12:06

Hello,please what does this mean after a urine pregnancy test.3G 1,010

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 August 2018 12:20

Hi there, thank you for your question. If you had the urine pregnancy test done by a health care worker its best that you ask the health care worker what that means. If you have done a home pregnancy test then there should be pamphlet with instructions that will explain what everything means.  



Mariam Oye 1 August 2018 10:43

Hello,please what does this mean after a urine pregnancy test.3Ct 1,010

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 August 2018 10:59

Hi there, thank you for question. There should be a pamphlet with instructions, inside the box if you read the instructions you will see what everything means. 



Anonymous 30 July 2018 09:18

What is coldstone?and what causes it?

B-Wise Expert Expert 2 August 2018 10:31

Thank you for your question.  I hope that I am correct in assuming that you are referring to gallstones? If not, then please let us know.

The gallbladder is a small “bag” that sits behind your liver and stores bile.  The gallbladder releases bile into the small intestine which helps to digest and absorb food.  Gallstones are hard pieces (like stones) that develop in the gallbladder and are usually made from cholesterol (fat) or bilirubin. Cholesterol and bilirubin are both normally found in bile.  It is not clear what causes gallstones to develop, but it can be that there is too much cholesterol or bilirubin in the bile, or that the gallbladder doesn’t empty properly. There are some things that increase the chances of getting gallstones:

        Being female

        40 years old or older

        Overweight or obese

        Pregnancy

        High-fat diet

        Eating a low-fiber diet

        A family history of gallstones

        Diabetes

        Losing weight very quickly

        Some medications

        Having liver disease

Many people with gallstones don’t have any symptoms and do not need treatment, but if they do have symptoms from their gallstones, the gallbladder is usually removed.

If someone has gallstones and they start getting the following, they should see their doctor:

·         Pain in the abdomen, usually near the top and on the right side, but can also be in the middle under the ribs.  The pain can also be on the back in between the shoulder blades or over the shoulder.

·         Nausea and vomiting

If some has the following symptoms:

·         Very severe pain

·         Fever or chills

·         Yellowing of the skin or eyes (Jaundice)

They should go to their hospital or see a doctor as soon as possible



Anonymous 28 July 2018 10:15

Just joined B-wise

Langaguy2 27 July 2018 11:03

How do I know if I have an STI

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 July 2018 03:15

Hi Anonymous. There only way to know if you have an STI is to get tested. Knowing your status allows you to protect yourself and your partner.  If you're going to have sex, protect yourself from getting STIs by using a condom every time you have sex. You can visit your nearest clinic and they will give you further advice. You can find your nearest clinic here. Check out the following BWise articles to learn more: Know your status? Get tested! What to expect and I don’t want to get an STI - How can I protect myself? You can also read our articles from our STI Section to learn more.




Anonymous 27 July 2018 09:19

morning i am experiencing same pain below m stomach what could be the cause to that and i also feel pain when i am having sex with my partner

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 July 2018 04:02

Hi Anonymous. There could be a number of reasons for this. Firstly, his penis may be larger than before and may have hurt the wall of your vagina. If this is the case, it’s best you try a different sexual position that doesn’t allow for deep penetration (when penis deeply enters the vagina). Secondly, it could be that the wall of your vagina was dry and you were not sufficiently aroused before you started having sex. You may then be are suffering from vaginal dryness. Check out this article for more information: Why dry sex is not a good idea . To improve this, you could use a lubricant such as KY jelly. Lastly, you may also have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or vaginal condition which got worse during sex. It’s best you visit your local clinic and get tested for STIs. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you.





Anonymous 26 July 2018 19:18

Effects of drugs on the community??

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 July 2018 03:54

Hi Anonymous. Drug abuse has severe effects on the community. It is often associate with crime and gang-related activities. Increased drug use can lead to an unsafe community. You can also read our article Can using drugs make you go crazy? to learn more.




Anonymous 25 July 2018 15:11

Hi, Hi, Hi , HiI had sex with my bf on Thursday the 12/07/2018 night and we were using a condom , after ejaculation we noticed that the condom has left inside my Vagina, we couldn't find it , so in the morning friday the 13th i decided to take morning after pill since the condom had sperms and it got stuck inside for there untill this morning the 15/07/2018 sunday when i went to the bathroom, my question is will i get pregnant since the condom was stuck in side for days with sperms inside ? how long does the sperms stay alive inside the condom and will the morning after pill i took the following morning after the condom got stuck work?

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 July 2018 04:43

Hi Anonymous. Even though the morning after pill can reduce the risk of pregnancy, you are still at risk. Chances are that the sperm leaked out of the condom into your vagina. You can buy a pregnancy test, or visit your local clinic as soon as possible and ask the nurse or doctor to test you for pregnancy. You can find your nearest clinic here.  You should also try the dual method which is when you use a condom and another contraceptive method at the same time. Dual method use offers more protection from pregnancy than condoms alone. It also protects you and your partner from STIs, including HIV. Check out our article Different kinds of contraceptives to give you more information about the different kinds of contraceptives.




Anonymous 24 July 2018 15:40

Does love have age

B-Wise Expert Expert 24 July 2018 15:53

Hi Anonymous. Check out our article Does love have an age? Relationships with someone older to get your answer.




Anonymous 24 July 2018 14:46

what is Hiv.

B-Wise Expert Expert 24 July 2018 14:48

Hi Anonymous. HIV is the short name for a germ (virus) that attacks your body's way of staying healthy and fighting off disease. You catch it from another person that has the HIV in their body. Anyone can get it, so you have to take it seriously. HIV stand for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. You can also check out our HIV section to learn more.  




Anonymous 23 July 2018 12:22

What causes medication not to work after you went to the clinic with some sympots of stis and be given cetfriaxone injection and the pills but still experience the symptoms after few days ?

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 July 2018 00:29

Hi Anonymous, thank you for your question. There are a number of reasons that could cause this. It is likely you were diagnosed with the wrong condition and therefore the treatment you were given was incorrect. The treatment you describe is usually used for an STI that causes discharge. If your discharge is not caused by an STI, then treatment for an STI is unlikely to help you. You might be infected with a drug-resistance germ that causes an STI. In this case, the commonly used medication will not clear the STI. You could also have become re-infected with the same STI after being treated. This could happen if your partner was not treated or if you had a new partner who was infected with an STI and infected you again. It is important to have protected sex at all times to avoid STIs and HIV/AIDS. It’s best you return to your health clinic for further investigation. Our article can also give you more information about STIs: I don’t want to get an STI-How can I protect myself?




Anonymous 20 July 2018 13:34

Hey is family planning for free for each visit at the clinic?

B-Wise Expert Expert 24 July 2018 14:20

Hi Anonymous, good question. Family planning services should be free at your local clinic. There are many different kinds and you should learn about how they work before you choose one. If you are 12 years old and older you have the right to get contraceptive without your parents’ permission. Talk to your doctor or nurse about your options so you can choose the one that is best for you. You can also read our articles Different kinds of contraceptives and family planning options to prevent pregnancy and Contraception: When should I start? for more information.




Anonymous 19 July 2018 21:27

The effectiveness of a condom

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 July 2018 20:14

Using Condoms is one of the best ways to prevent pregnancy, HIV and STI's. So using condoms correctly every time you have sex will protect you and your partner!

Condoms only work properly when they are used correctly each and every time you have sex. For the correct way to use a male and female condom, click here http://ow.ly/11uT30l2qcI “How to use a male condom” and “Current affairs: Is a female condom right for you?” http://ow.ly/j0ZI30l2qeJ Learn even more about condoms in our article “Different kinds of contraceptives and family planning: options to prevent pregnancy” here http://ow.ly/NdiS30l2qh3



Anonymous 19 July 2018 19:23

What should I when my discharge smell unpleasant

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 July 2018 20:15

Most girls and women have vaginal discharge during their reproductive years. This is normal but If you have a discharge that has changed recently, smells bad, is brown or creamy in colour, or you have itching or sores around your vagina, you may have an infection and need to seek medical attention at your nearest clinic. You can find and rate your local clinic here http://ow.ly/iD2z30l2qVV



Anonymous 19 July 2018 17:33

I had unprotected sex today and according to the calendar am left with 3days to be on my period. My cycle is 25 to 27days will it be possible for me to fall pregnant?

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 July 2018 05:15

Hi Anonymous. You are at risk of falling pregnant. Having unprotected sex also increases your chances of getting an STI and other infections. Its best you visit your nearest clinic and talk to a doctor or nurse about an emergency contraception that you can take. There are pills you can take after having unprotected sex to decrease the chance of falling pregnant. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. It’s important to practice safe sex at all times. Using a condom can help protect you from STIs and other infections. Check out our articles from our Basics of S-E-X section and get more information on how you can protect yourself



Anonymous 19 July 2018 17:31

I had unprotected sex today and according to the calendar am left with 3days to be on my period. My cycle is 25 to 27days will it be possible for me to fall pregnant?

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 July 2018 05:15

Hi Anonymous. You are at risk of falling pregnant. Having unprotected sex also increases your chances of getting an STI and other infections. Its best you visit your nearest clinic and talk to a doctor or nurse about an emergency contraception that you can take. There are pills you can take after having unprotected sex to decrease the chance of falling pregnant. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. It’s important to practice safe sex at all times. Using a condom can help protect you from STIs and other infections. Check out our articles from our Basics of S-E-X section and get more information on how you can protect yourself



Anonymous 19 July 2018 14:10

Last week I had unprotected sexual intercourse then i drank a morning after pill the following day. Yesterday was the 7th day and I had to experience periods to show the pill worked but i didnt. What could be the problem?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 July 2018 08:23

Hi anonymous, there are common side effects of the “morning after pills” such as a menstrual bleed, these are not experienced by everyone. I would wait until your next expected period. If this is delayed then a pregnancy test would need to be done. If you are pregnant, please go to your nearest clinic as soon as possible to discuss your options.
It is very important, should you not be pregnant now, that you start a reliable long-acting contraceptive such as the injectable. I am also concerned that you may not be using condoms consistently. You would then also be at risk of acquiring HIV and other STIs. I would recommend you get an HIV test. You can Find and Rate your local clinics here https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/


Anonymous 19 July 2018 10:39

What other ways are there to protect yourself.

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 July 2018 10:45

Hi there, what are you protecting yourself from?



Anonymous 19 July 2018 10:39

What causes STIs

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 July 2018 10:44

Hi there, An STI (sexually transmitted infection) is an infection that is spread from person to person through sexual contact. Visit our STI section and learn more http://ow.ly/hGgx30l1j9u 



Anonymous 19 July 2018 10:38

what age are u allowed to get contraceptive pills.

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 July 2018 10:43

Hi there, contraceptives may be given to a anyone on request. A consent of a parent or caregiver is not needed if the person is 12 years or older, learn more here http://ow.ly/OF3b30l1j7B 



Anonymous 19 July 2018 10:38

How to protect STIs

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 July 2018 10:42

Hi there, An STI (sexually transmitted infection) is an infection that is spread from person to person through sexual contact, this is how you can protect yourself http://ow.ly/PI4D30l1iXG 



Anonymous 19 July 2018 10:38

Is it possible 4 me 2 have a child who is HIV negative?

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 July 2018 10:41

Hi there, Yes, if you are HIV positive, you can have children and there is a good chance you can have an HIV negative baby. Learn more here http://ow.ly/WE9930l1iV8



Anonymous 18 July 2018 18:33

I'm pregnant and at knight I'm presently having Short breaths should I be worried cause it only happens sometimes at knight

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 July 2018 12:30

Hi there, In situations like this, it’s best to discuss this with a doctor or nurse today, as they will need to understand more about what you are experiencing and do a physical examination, so they can advise you further. You can find your local clinic here http://ow.ly/wD7r30l1gvl



Anonymous 18 July 2018 10:22

Im having trouble going to the toilet ,its been a week.I'm now having weird pains. Help

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 July 2018 12:31

Hi there, It sounds like you could be experiencing constipation, and there can be different reasons that this can happen. Usually, one can prevent constipation by drinking enough water, eating foods that are rich in fibre, such as fruit and vegetables, and avoiding processed foods like white bread. Right now, you can get help and treatment  from your local clinic.  They would see if you are having any other symptoms and guide you on what the cause could be. You can find your local clinic here http://ow.ly/wD7r30l1gvl



Anonymous 16 July 2018 11:55

Good Afternoon is it normal to get sick if you go onto your TB medication. My husband is vomiting, weight loss, loss of appetite and he gets migraines. Is this normal and when will it get better. he is on the medication now for two months

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 July 2018 16:03

Hi there, it is normal to get side effects to any medication,  it is also  possible to get an additional illness while having TB  and on medication.

The best advice would be for him  to get examined to diagnose the cause of the symptoms he is having by a nurse or doctor, you can find and rate your nearest clinic here http://ow.ly/q0Sm30l2BRN



Anonymous 15 July 2018 18:38

When you can't breath what's wrong with me.

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 July 2018 18:41

Hi there, thank you for your question. If this happens often it is possible that you may have asthma. You can read this article to find out more about what asthma is all about Asthma 411 . It is best that you visit you local clinic so the doctor or nurse can check you up and give you the right treatment that you need. 



Anonymous 15 July 2018 10:51

Hi, Hi, Hi , HiI had sex with my bf on Thursday the 12/07/2018 night and we were using a condom , after ejaculation we noticed that the condom has left inside my Vagina, we couldn't find it , so in the morning friday the 13th i decided to take morning after pill since the condom had sperms and it got stuck inside for there untill this morning the 15/07/2018 sunday when i went to the bathroom, my question is will i get pregnant since the condom was stuck in side for days with sperms inside ? how long does the sperms stay alive inside the condom and will the morning after pill i took the following morning after the condom got stuck work?

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 July 2018 05:17

Hi Anonymous. Even though the morning after pill can reduce the risk of pregnancy, you are still at risk. Chances are that the sperm leaked out of the condom into your vagina. You can buy a pregnancy test, or visit your local clinic as soon as possible and ask the nurse or doctor to test you for pregnancy. You can find your nearest clinic here.  You should also try the dual method which is when you use a condom and another contraceptive method at the same time. Dual method use offers more protection from pregnancy than condoms alone. It also protects you and your partner from STIs, including HIV. Check out our article Different kinds of contraceptives to give you more information about the different kinds of contraceptives.



Noxlady 14 July 2018 16:04

Ways to keep a vagina clean

B-Wise Expert Expert 14 July 2018 16:50

Hi there thank you for your question. You can check out our article on How to keep your vagina healthy  for more info .



Anonymous 10 July 2018 10:54

This morning. I got my morning sickings i dont knwon if i am pragtnet .

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 July 2018 10:55

Hi anonymous, there are several different symptoms a person can have when they are pregnant. Some people have these symptoms and some people don’t. Also, these signs could be caused by other things as well, not only pregnancy. So the best way to find out is to do a urine pregnancy test, which can be done at your clinic, pharmacy or doctor. 



Anonymous 10 July 2018 10:53

How risking can it be having unprotected sex when you both are negative .

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 July 2018 10:56

Hi there, even if you and your partner are not living with HIV right now, it is still important to protect yourself by using condoms. They can protect you and your partner from other STIs and pregnancy, or it can protect you if one of you becomes HIV-infected at a later stage.



Anonymous 10 July 2018 10:53

If you want to have sex you must have condoms? .

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 July 2018 10:56

Hi there, It is important to use a condom every time you have sex so that you can protect yourself and your partner against STIs and pregnancy.



Anonymous 10 July 2018 10:41

My vagina have been itching for a month now after having sex for the first time, what may be causing this?

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 July 2018 10:42

There are a few different things that can cause vaginal itching, so it is a good idea to go to your clinic/healthcare provider so you can be properly assessed and get the right treatment for you. If you haven’t already, while you are there it might also be a good chance for you to find out more about different contraception options, pap smears and HIV testing. Thrush (yeast infection) is one of the more common causes of your symptom, and it is usually quite easily treatable, but a proper discussion with a nurse/doctor is the best way to see what will help you. Visit www.bwisehealth.com  to find a clinic near you. 



Anonymous 10 July 2018 10:37

So how can I get pregnant if am still preventing?

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 July 2018 10:38

Yes, it is possible to fall pregnant even while using contraceptives. Some methods offer a higher protection than others, and generally, contraception is pretty effective, but there is a small chance of falling pregnant. The way you use it may also affect things, for example, if you forget to take your pill, or you go a bit late for your repeat injection. It is usually encouraged to try and use contraception methods and a condom at the same time so you can have double protection against falling pregnant and the spread of HIV and other STIs. If you think you may be pregnant, it is a good idea to go a get a check-up as soon as possible, so you can get the right care you need. To find a clinic near you, visit www.bwisehealth.com



Anonymous 10 July 2018 08:10

What to eat if u got chest pain if I want to cure it.

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 July 2018 08:52

Hi, thank you for your question. Chest pains can be caused by many different things that's why it is important to visit your local clinic and get checked by a nurse or a doctor so they can check you up and tell you exactly what may be wrong. They will also tell you what you should eat and what you can't eat.



Anonymous 10 July 2018 08:09

Hi and what if you are allergic to some vegetables.

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 July 2018 08:23

Hi there, thank you for your question. If you are allergic to some vegetables you may experience an itchy throat or tongue. Its best that you don't eat vegetables that you are allergic to, if you find yourself in a situation that you may have eaten the vegetables that  you are allergic to then you must go to the doctor or local clinic immediately. 



Anonymous 9 July 2018 13:39

What happens when I sleep with a man without a condom ,which time can I come test for infection.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 July 2018 14:31

Hi there, thank you for your question. You can go to your local clinic and get tested as soon as possible, so you can get checked and get the right treatment 



Anonymous 9 July 2018 13:38

I'm having problems with my body .

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 July 2018 14:29

Hi there, thank you for your question. Depending on what type of problems you are having its best that you visit your local clinic to get checked by a nurse or a doctor, they will also give you the right treatment that you need. You can also check out our Health Issues section



Channy 8 July 2018 22:33

Hi, what are the dangers of stopping ARV medication for a while for example 3 months? I have a 3 month practical coming up and i really would like to get through it without experiencing side effects from my medication.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 July 2018 12:06

Hi Anonymous. Anti-retroviral medication (ARVs) help to keep the virus under control.  Every time you take your ARVs, you top up the amount of ARV there is in your blood. When you keep your ARV level in your blood high, this 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.

 

It’s important to continue taking your ARVs faithfully in order for them to work. If you skip your treatment the ARV drug may not be as effective the next time you take it. We wish you the best with your practical.




B-Wise Expert Expert 9 July 2018 12:06

Hi Anonymous. Anti-retroviral medication (ARVs) help to keep the virus under control.  Every time you take your ARVs, you top up the amount of ARV there is in your blood. When you keep your ARV level in your blood high, this 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.

 

It’s important to continue taking your ARVs faithfully in order for them to work. If you skip your treatment the ARV drug may not be as effective the next time you take it. We wish you the best with your practical.




Anonymous 6 July 2018 11:37

I am pregnant and want to termonate wew can i go for FREE i live in east of pretoris

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 July 2018 11:03

Hi there Rena, thank you for your question. It is best that you visit your local clinic and speak to a doctor or a nurse. They will be able to tell you what your options are and they will give you the help that you need. You can use the Clinic Finder  



Anonymous 5 July 2018 18:08

Hello,I have tried everything to gain weight, please what can I do more? iam so thin

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 July 2018 15:07

Hi Anonymous. There are a number of healthy ways to increase your body weight. A healthy diet is a good way to start. You can read our articles Dieting: Is it good for you? and Eat well to stay well to understand what a healthy diet includes. Balancing a healthy diet and exercising regularly can also help you achieve your goal. Check out our articles from our Get fit section  for more information on how to get into shape.




harry-lehux 4 July 2018 17:45

why is it that i eat none stop with out gaining any weight?is it healthy?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 July 2018 11:15

Hi there, thank you for your question. Eating on stop can be a problem especially if you are not gaining weight. It is possible that you may have a thyroid problem, its best that you speak to a doctor or s nurse, they will check you up and tell you exactly what the problem may be. 



Anonymous 3 July 2018 11:13

How risking can it be having unprotected sex when you both are negative?

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 July 2018 11:14

Even if you and your partner are not living with HIV right now, it is still important to try and protect yourself by using condoms. They can protect you and your partner from other STIs and pregnancy, or can protect you if one of you become HIV-infected at a later stage.

 



Anonymous 3 July 2018 11:11

Is it a must to use a condom everything I have sex?

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 July 2018 11:12

It is important to try and use a condom every time you have sex, so that you can help protect yourself and your partner against STIs and pregnancy. Even one time not using a condom can put you at risk.It is important to try and use a condom every time you have sex, so that you can help protect yourself and your partner against STIs and pregnancy. Even one time not using a condom can put you at risk.



Anonymous 3 July 2018 11:08

This morning I got my morning sickness, I donâ??t know if I am pregnant, How do I know if am pregnant or not?

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 July 2018 11:11

Hi anonymous, there are several different symptoms a person can have when they are pregnant. Some people have these symptoms and some people don’t. Also, these signs could be caused by other things as well, not only pregnancy. So the best way to find out is to do a urine pregnancy test, which can be done at your clinic, pharmacy or doctor. 



Anonymous 2 July 2018 21:42

Hi there is it ok to use detox water while on ARVS, am getting fat especial my belly i want to get read of belly fats, i've heard of lemon and honey tea,some talk of cucumber and lemon water, theres also Avo pete water mixture. Is it safe to use one of the above while on ARV Meds? if not what can i use to fight the belly fats?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 July 2018 14:20

Hi Anonymous. There is no need for you to detoxify your body. The liver does this work, and anyone with a healthy liver will be cleansed of toxins by their liver. However, detoxing in a natural way won’t have any effect on your CD4 count. Include lots of veggies and fruits in your diet and it’s best that you drink enough water daily to make sure your body is working well. Drinking a few glasses of water a day is a good way to start. You can also read our article Ways to flatten your belly and Eat well to stay well: Healthy food, healthy life for more information.




Anonymous 29 June 2018 11:49

My boyfriend is HIV positive and am HIV negative he is drinking his medication every day and sometimes we dnt use condom his viral load is fine but sometimes I get scared what he affect me .

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 July 2018 15:47

Hi there, thank you for your question. Using a condom is very important, it protect you against STI's, HIV and unplanned pregnancies. It is also important that you test regularly to ensure that you get the right treatment if you need it. You can check out our article on Get yourself a condom – it’s still your best protection! 



MENIH 28 June 2018 14:44

Do you get pregnant while using petogen injections?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 July 2018 15:08

Hi there, thank you for your question. It is possible to experience symptoms such as irregular bleeding and nausea which are side effects of the injection which may make you feel as if you are pregnant although pregnancy is unlikely to happen. 



Anonymous 28 June 2018 09:30

What happens if my scrotum it's painful and even under scrotum

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 July 2018 14:53

Hi there, thank you for your question. This can be the cause of an infection or an STI. It's important that you visit your local clinic and speak to a nurse or a doctor and they will give you the treatment that you need.



Anonymous 27 June 2018 21:54

HI,EARLY THIS YEAR MY BREAST WAS PAINFUL, SWOLLEN,FEELING HEAVY AND HOT AND THAT HAPPENED AFTER HAVING MENSTRUATION,I WENT TO CHC AND THEY GAVE ME PILLS AFTER THAT MY BREAST WENT BACK TO NORMAL. NOW ITS MY 3rd DAY ON MENSTRUATION AND THAT BREAST THING IS BACK BUT NOW IS ONLY SWOLLEN AND FEELING HEAVY. HOW CAN I TREAT THAT? AND WHAT IS THE CAUSE?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 July 2018 16:27

Hi there, thank you for your question. It is normal for your period to be painful and heavy when you have your period. You can try using a hot water bottle to help with the pain. For more information you can Menstruation Facts: What is your period?  



Anonymous 26 June 2018 16:56

What is the right age to have a child

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 July 2018 14:49

Hi thank you for your question. Having a child comes with a lot of responsibility, remember when you want to have a child its important that you can take care of the child for example you need to have a job so you can buy food and clothes for the child. You also need to be emotionally ready to take care of the child.It is all up to you when you want to have a child, but it is important to consider if you can afford to take care of the child. 


Anonymous 25 June 2018 14:28

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Dianne 25 June 2018 14:19

How should i keep my vagina clean

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 July 2018 18:29

Hi anonymous, this is how you can keep your vagina healthy and clean http://ow.ly/Tf4930kOxqO 



Anonymous 24 June 2018 11:42

Hi,is it possible to fall pregnant when drinking aloe whilst on nur-iterate?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 July 2018 15:29

Hi thank you for your question. It depends when you had your last injection. The injection needs to be administered every 8 weeks, if you do not stick to the time that you need to take the injection you are not protected against pregnancy. 





Anonymous 23 June 2018 18:42

How can I be healthy and strong all the times.

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 June 2018 18:44

Hi there, thank you for your question. For more information on how you can stay strong and healthy you can check out our Healthy Living section 



Anonymous 21 June 2018 23:56

Is it safe for male encounters to use contraceptive pills as it's said they help in skin cleansing and gaining weight?

B-Wise Expert Expert 24 June 2018 18:33

Hi there, thank you for your question. No it won't be safe for a male to use contraceptive pills because these can change your hormones as these pills were made for the female body. It is best for you to visit your local clinic to talk to a nurse or a doctor about getting treatment for your skin and to gain weight.



Anonymous 21 June 2018 23:54

How can I gain weight while on Hiv pill?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 June 2018 18:53

Hi, thank you for your question. It is normal to lose weight when you have HIV with a low CD4 count. It may  become necessary for you to monitor your food intake and do some regular exercise. In particular you need to increas your fat and carbohydrate intake and increase protein in your diet.
 


 It is important that you remember to take your medication on time. Its also important to eat healthy, and eat on time even if it is a snack. Skipping meals when you taking your pills can cause you to lose more weight.



Anonymous 21 June 2018 19:11

Ever since i started tribuss I'm always sick. Like runny tummy sometimes no appetite need advice. Its been three week's now since started treatmen

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 June 2018 19:00

Hi there, thank you for you question. With the new medicines in use now (like Tribuss, and many others) the body changes can happen. Although you  shouldn’t expect any major body changes with this medicine.  It is best for you to visit your local clinic to talk to a nurse or a doctor and they will give you the right treatment for your runny tummy.



Anonymous 21 June 2018 14:18

Recently I Had a cold sweat and numbness in my hands panic attack. I had pains in my back between my shoulder blades and directly opposite on the front aide. The pains shot up to my neck and head. The doctor diagnosed it with epigastric pains. He gave medicine to treat it. But what I've noticed after I was at the doctor is I was sitting in somebody's smoke while they were smoking and that night my chest started to pain again. I then realised that the day the pain started followed by the attack that someone was in the vicinity busy smoking and his smoke was blowing in my direction the whole time. What could this be?

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 July 2018 08:58

Hi, thank you for your question.It is very difficult to diagnose your condition based on the above description. It is possible that you may have experienced an episode of broncho-spasm related to the cigarette smoke you inhaled, however, your symptoms could also be related to a panic attack, gastric reflux or a number of other conditions. If you still experience this condition its best that you visit your local doctor to get checked up.



Vee Marshall 20 June 2018 20:06

Does it mean you're no longer a virgin if you've been fingered and blood came out???

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 June 2018 11:12

Hi there, thank you for your question. Click here to find out about what virginity is all about and what happens when you lose your virginity What is virginity? 



Anonymous 19 June 2018 09:12

Hi I've recently had sex with my boyfriend and I felt this massive pain around my abdominal area the moment he went inside and I bled the next morning and still had the pain, I would like to know what the cause of pain might be as this was not my first time having sex

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 June 2018 09:17

Hi Anonymous. It is common to experience pain during sexual intercourse (sex) and this might be a result of vaginismus; which is a condition that makes it painful when a penis or tampon enters the vagina. This can be caused by the following:


     

                   

·         STI (Sexual Transmitted Infections).



·         Infections in the vagina area, which are not necessarily STIs like thrush, which is fungal infections. You can read our article What is vaginal thrush or a yeast infection? for more information.


·         When the vagina is dry or lack of sexual arousal. You can read our article Why dry sex is not a good idea for more information.


·         Some medications that you might be taking.


·         Tears in the vaginal wall.


·         Psychological causes: fear of getting pregnant, fear of underperforming, relationship problems, tiredness or depression, religious or cultural restrictions around sex.


 If the symptoms continue, it’s best you visit your nearest clinic to get the medical attention you need. You can find your nearest health clinic here.






Anonymous 18 June 2018 10:54

What is wrong when you are stinking in the vagina after giving birth.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 June 2018 11:06

Hi there, thank you for your question. This may be a sign of infection, especially if you had any tears or cuts while giving birth . It is best that you visit your local clinic and speak to a nurse or a doctor and they will check you up and give you the correct treatment. 




Anonymous 18 June 2018 10:53

When I am menstruating this month and the another month not menstruating what is it because I am stressed now and I can't be active like every day Help me..

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 June 2018 11:08

Hi there, thank you for your question. There can be many reasons why you may not be menstruating. Many medications used to prevent pregnancy work by changing your menstrual cycle (period). This means that the time and length of your period may change. If you are sexually active you may also be pregnant.  The best thing is to go back to the clinic so they can check you and give you the right treatment for you and they will be able to tell you what may be wrong. 



Anonymous 18 June 2018 10:52

Tell me more info about my health or healthy buzz.

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 June 2018 11:04

Hi there, thank you for your question. You can check out our Healthy Living section for more information. 



Anonymous 12 June 2018 17:15

Hi, is it true that people with blood type O+ can not get infected by HI virus and if thats true, what research have been into that to try and find a cure for hiv

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 June 2018 12:27

Hi Ano, thank you for your question. That's a very interesting question. Its important to know that you don't have to be a certain blood type to get HIV, anyone can get HIV. It is a myth that people with blood type O + cannot get infected. You can read our article on  HIV Myths & Truths  to read more about myths and truths on HIV. 



Anonymous 9 June 2018 18:15

I did a pep smear and they detected high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion. Now im so worried what is the cause of this and is it related to cancer. I'm only 22 yrz im so scared

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 June 2018 13:00

Hi there, thank you for your question. It is normal to be scared, this can be caused by HPV but it can be treated.if you want to know more on HPV you can read our HPV section .  It is important that you visit your local clinic as soon as possible to get the right treatment. If you do not get the right treatment at an early stage it is possible that the lesion can lead to cancer. We do understand that this must be very scary for you, but remember the doctors and nurses are there to help you, its best you go visit your local clinic as soon as possible. 



Anonymous 8 June 2018 11:37

I recently slept without protection, I'm scared I might be positive. What must I do?

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 June 2018 11:38

Hi there, please visit your nearest clinic to be tested for HIV. That is the only way you will know your status. You can find and rate your local clinic here.

Remember, if you test negative, you will need to get tested again after 3 months to ensure the result is accurate.

If you are positive, you will be offered treatment (antiretroviral therapy, or ART). You should start this treatment as soon as possible (preferably on the day your HIV is diagnosed) as it will ensure you remain healthy and do not contract an infection related to HIV.  In addition, if you are HIV positive and start ART you will be very unlikely to pass the virus on to any of your sexual partners.

In future, make sure to use a condom each and every time you have sex. Correct and consistent condom use is the best way to ensure your risk of contracting HIV is as low as possible.



Anonymous 8 June 2018 11:34

I want to use an injection not depo cause wanna get my periods so what kind of contraceptives should I use???

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 June 2018 11:35

Hi there,  the injectable contraceptives available in South Africa are ‘progestogen-only’ injections (the medication included is only progesterone). The 2 options available are depo provera (3 monthly injection) and nur isterate (2 monthly injection). Unfortunately, because of the type of medication included in these injections, a common effect is for a woman’s periods to stop. Periods stop due to the effect of the hormones in the woman’s body – so your periods stopping is not bad for you, and won’t make you sick. After stopping the injectable contraceptive, a woman’s period will come back (although there may be a time lag from the time the last injection is taken to the time the period comes back).

Apart from injectable, there are many different types of contraceptives available in South Africa. Some options include pills, rings, patches, devices that are inserted into the uterus (womb), condoms and permanent contraceptive methods. Learn more about contraceptives here.

It is best to consult a healthcare worker at your nearest facility to understand the different methods available and which would suit you best. You can find and rate your nearest clinic here.



Anonymous 5 June 2018 22:56

I have been using nursterate injection for six months and was using depo before for 3 months.i recently did a pap smear test about 2 months ago after that i had an unprotected sex but from last month i have been having drops of blood on my panties but not everyday.it stopped since the begginning of this month. Is it possible that i can be pregnant?there is a myth that once you do pap smear test you can be pregnant regardless of the type of contraception your using

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 June 2018 12:58

Dear anonymous

Thank you for your question.  Nur-Isterate and Depo Provera both prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (when an egg is released from the ovary) by using the hormone called progesterone.  When you have a papsmear, which is a very important screening test, the doctor or nurse will use a wooden spatula or a brush to scrap off some cells from the cervix to check for signs of infection or cancer. 

A papsmear will not have any effect on the hormones in the Nur-Isterate or the Depo Provera and will not increase the chance of falling pregnant.  Unfortunately, no method of contraception can prevent pregnancy 100%.  It is important that the method chosen is used correctly and at the correct time interval, as missing doses or dates makes them less effective.  Also, some medications can also make hormonal contraception less effective so please check with your doctor or local clinic if you are taking any other medications.  If you are worried that you may be pregnant, then it would be best to go to your local clinic for a pregnancy test.  Also remember that none of the contraceptive methods protect us from sexually transmitted infections and HIV, and therefore one should always use a condom. 

There are now also female condoms available.  It can be normal to have some spotting (a little bit of blood on the panties) when on the injectable contraception and it can also happen after having a papsmear done, but if it continues or gets worse it would be better to have a check-up.  Also remember to go and get the results from your papsmear.



Anonymous 5 June 2018 18:32

Hi! what course you feel pain in the womb after 9 days of giving birth by c-saction?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 June 2018 11:22

Congratulations on the birth of your new baby!

There are many reasons why you could be having abdominal pain after c-section; 2 of the most common reasons include:

After a c-section body will take up to 6 weeks to fully recover after this operation and during this time it is normal to feel pain.

 Pain can also be caused by contractions of the uterus especially during breastfeeding (as the hormones released during breastfeeding cause uterine contraction) If you are worried about the pain you can visit your doctor or a nurse at the local clinic and they will help you.



Anonymous 1 June 2018 11:43

My breast is growing and they changed they are black and I always have an anger to anyone..What makes me be like that.?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 June 2018 17:28

Hi there, thank you for your question. The changes that your body is going through is normal because you may be going through puberty. If you want to know more about the changes you can expect during puberty you can check out our Girl's Body Guide section.  



Anonymous 1 June 2018 10:07

I have a friend who likes to please her boyfriend and now her boyfriend force her to have sex with him or he will dump her So how can I advice my friend

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 June 2018 12:07

Hi, thank you for your question. You are a really good friend for trying to get help for your friend. It’s important to know that having sex should be an agreement between both partners. It is not healthy to be in a relationship where one partner is forced to do something they are uncomfortable with. Being forced into having sex is rape. You can share this article with your friend and she can also sign up to Bwisehealth.com to get the advice she needs. Click on this link to read the article Dating as an adolescent: Do you feel safe?



Anonymous 31 May 2018 22:04

Hi! how to control your emotions

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 June 2018 10:15

Hi there Niky, thank you for your question. Emotions play a big role in your life because they will always be there. For more information on emotions and where you can get help for emotional problems you can read this article Knowing when to get help for emotional problems 



Anonymous 31 May 2018 15:47

How can you tell you boyfriend or girlfriend that you are hiv

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 May 2018 15:49

Hi there thank you for your question. You can check out this article to get your answer Dating when you’re HIV-positive 



Anonymous 31 May 2018 13:31

Ist safe for someone to have sex without a condom with both partners positive

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 May 2018 13:37

Hi there, thank you for your question. Remember that Condoms not only prevent HIV and STIs like gonorrhoea and syphilis…they also prevent you from having an unplanned pregnancy. For more information you can read this article Get yourself a condom – it’s still your best protection! 



Anonymous 31 May 2018 10:29

I read about depression sings i think I have depression

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 May 2018 10:32

Hi there, thank you for your question. It must be every difficult for you, you click on this link to find out where you can get help Help & Support: Mental Health & Substance Abuse 



Anonymous 30 May 2018 23:09

i gave birth last year and an episiotomy i don't which degree but my wound haven't closed up yet. should i be worried about my health?

B-Wise Expert Expert 2 June 2018 19:44

Hi there Maxine, thank you for your question.  It can be very dangerous if your wound hasn't healed as yet, as you can get an infection. It is best that you visit your local clinic to get checked by a doctor or nurse so you can get the treatment that you need. 



Anonymous 30 May 2018 18:50

hi! what course high blood sugar in a new born?

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 June 2018 20:40

Hi there, thank you for your question. High sugar in new born babies are caused when the mother had too much glucose in her body during pregnancy which can cause the baby to have high sugar levels. Certain medication during pregnancy can also cause high sugar levels in a new born baby. 



Anonymous 30 May 2018 16:31

But it needs data for me and can I ask why?

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 May 2018 17:03

Hi there, thank you for your question. Its important to know that you do need a positive balance ( some data) to get onto google. Once you are on bwisehealth.com it won't use your data if you are using Vodacom, Cell C and MTN. 



Anonymous 29 May 2018 21:37

hi i just wanted to know how long does contraceptive s stay in a persons body

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 May 2018 10:23

Hi there, thank you for your question. It depends on what type of contraception you are taking, as it is different in every person. For more information on contraceptives you can read this How do I choose the best contraceptive method for me? 



Anonymous 29 May 2018 14:59

Hi bwise!Does your hormones get back to normal soon after 12 weeks of contraceptive injection of 3 months, if you have injected once in your life?and if not how long does it take for your hormones to be normal again?

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 May 2018 10:21

Hi there, thank you for your question. Your hormones can take up to 6 months to get back to normal after using the contraceptive injection, but they can go back to normal much quicker for some people.  If you are having problems with your hormones it would be best to  seeing a nurse or doctor at your local clinic. 

You can also talk to your nurse or doctor about other contraception methods if you did not like the injection but you would like to prevent yourself falling pregnant.  Remember that the injection does not prevent you from getting HIV or other sexually transmitted infections so it is always safer to use condoms as well.  No contraceptive method including condoms is 100% effective however used together,  some can be 99.9% effective.  



Anonymous 29 May 2018 14:33

I want to do DNA test so im till young i dnt knw what i can do.

B-Wise Expert Expert 29 May 2018 14:46

Hi there, thank you for your question. If you want to do a DNA test, it is best to talk to your nurse or doctor what you want to test for, and find out how much it will cost. It is also important that you talk the person that you want to have a DNA test with so they understand why you want to do the test.



Anonymous 29 May 2018 14:33

What's lubricant?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 May 2018 10:25

Hi, thank you for your question. During sex, many people's bodies release a kind of liquid which can help sex to feel more comfortable - this is natural lubrication. When there's not enough lubrication, the friction (rubbing) can feel sore or uncomfortable. If there's not enough natural lubrication, it's a good idea to use lubricants. Silicone-based lubricants and oil-based lubricants can damage condoms, and the condom might break or tear - so when using condoms, it is important to use water-based lubricants such as KY Jelly, as these don't damage the condom.  



Anonymous 29 May 2018 14:32

What Does Stomach Cramps Mean , coz I've been experiencing them and I'm 6 Weeks pregnant.

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 May 2018 11:13

Hi there, thank you for your question. If you are pregnant and you are experiencing cramps in your abdomen, it could be from a number of things and it would be best for you go to see a doctor or nurse about it.  It could be the beginning of a miscarriage, this is especially likely if you are bleeding as well.  It could be a normal stomach infection (gastroenteritis) or other stomach problems, or a bladder infection.  Please visit your local clinic so you can get checked by a nurse or a doctor

 



Anonymous 29 May 2018 14:31

What should I do if my partner refuses to use protection .

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 May 2018 11:10

Hi there, thank you for your question. It is important for you and your partner to use protection to prevent HIV, STI's and unplanned pregnancies. You also have the option of using the female condom. For more information on how to talk to your partner about using protection you can read this article How to talk to your partner about condoms 



Anonymous 29 May 2018 14:26

Where should I search for b-wise.

B-Wise Expert Expert 29 May 2018 15:29

Hi there thank you for your question you can go onto google and search www.bwisehealth.com 



Anonymous 29 May 2018 14:25

B-wise what are my healthy needs.

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 May 2018 11:03

Hi there, thank you for your question. If you want to find out how you can stay healthy you can read our Healthy living section  to find out what your health needs are. 



Anonymous 28 May 2018 20:33

Hi, i think I'm slowly losing my mind because i would think of something to say but when i say it it comes out all wrong, or i wouldnt be able to say it all or i would have an idea/ feeling but struggle to put it in words.and I'm forgetful these days. I've never had any enjuries to the heard or any psychological disorders .

B-Wise Expert Expert 29 May 2018 10:32

Hi there Ano, thank you for your question. Sometimes it is possible to forget. Its best for you to go to the nearest clinic and you can speak to a psychologist or a counselor who will be able to tell you what may be wrong. 



Anonymous 28 May 2018 19:33

What does implant do to our body.

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 May 2018 11:10

 Hi there, thank you for your question. If you are talking about the contraceptive implant called implanon then it is a form of hormonal contraceptive very similar to the oral contraceptive pills or contraception injections such as depo provera.  It is a small rod about the size of a match stick which is inserted by a doctor just under your skin.  It releases a hormone called etonogestrel which is very similar to the hormone progesterone which is made naturally by the female body.  The hormone prevents you from falling pregnant in two ways. 

1. It prevents your ova (eggs) from being released from your ovaries each month and,

2. It thickens the mucus plug in your cervix which helps to prevent sperm from entering the uterus (womb). 

The implant is a great method of contraception as long as you are not on any other medication which may interfere with the hormones. 

  This means that if you are taking any other medicine you should talk to a nurse or doctor about other methods of contraception as you may still fall pregnant.   Please remember  that no contraceptive method is 100% effective and there is always still a small chance of falling pregnant if you are sexually active.  Implanon will not protect you from HIV or other sexually transmitted infections so it is always best to use condoms as well.  



Anonymous 28 May 2018 19:24

What makes too much discharge.

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 May 2018 19:28

Hi thank you for your question. For more information read this article I have a discharge - do I have an STI? 



Anonymous 28 May 2018 19:23

You are scared but you want to have sex what should you do?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 May 2018 19:31

Hi there thank you for your question. Its important that youare ready first before you have sex. You can check out this article to help you decide Sex on the mind: are you ready? 



Anonymous 28 May 2018 18:08

How do I remove slime from child.

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 May 2018 10:45

Hey there, thank you for your question. That would depend on what slime you are talking about  and how old the child is.  If you mean  slime in the chest (phlegm) that might be a sign of infection in the chest and it would be best for you to take your child to the nearest clinic  to be checked by a nurse or a doctor.  



Anonymous 28 May 2018 17:44

How many hours you spend during c-saction birth before you wake up?

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 May 2018 10:53

Hi, thank you for your question. Usually during a C-section the doctor will do a spinal anaesthetic.  A spinal anaesthetic is when the doctor gives the mother a type of injection in the spine (back) that makes the tummy and legs numb so that the mother does not feel pain. 

With a spinal anaesthetic the mother is awake the whole time, but will not feel any pain.  It takes a few hours for the numbness of the tummy and legs to go away .  Only if the spinal anaesthetic doesn’t work, which does happen sometimes, but not often, or if the mother cannot have a spinal anaesthetic will the doctor make the mother sleep for the C-section. This is called a general anaesthetic, but the mother wakes up a few minutes after the operation.  After a general anaesthetic some people can be drowsy for a little while. After a C-section most mothers stay in hospital for about 3 days.



Anonymous 28 May 2018 13:12

Hi I'm 28 years old. I have been trying for baby but no luck for 2 years, I went to gynea everything is ok but sill I can't conceive. Plz help

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 May 2018 17:59

Hi there. Thank you for your question.  There are so many reasons why a woman may have difficulty falling pregnant. The first step is go to your clinic and be seen by a healthcare provider who will try and see if there anything preventing you from becoming pregnant, and give you advice about what you can try.

If you are using contraception then you should not get pregnant. If you have been on the injectable contraception (DMPA, depo provera or norestirate) then it may take a few months after your last injection before your able to get pregnant. Contraceptives don’t cause infertility, but the long term injections can delay how quickly you become pregnant after you stop them.

 It can help to pay attention to the woman’s monthly cycle, as this can tell you when you are most fertile and able to get pregnant. If you have a smartphone, you can use free apps such as https://www.cyclebeads.com/period-tracker-app" These help you to track your menstrual cycle (when you go on your period) and provide dates when you are more fertile. Your healthcare provider will also be able to help you understand which days are best for fertility.

An STI can cause problems with fertility and can also be a risk for miscarriage or complications during a pregnancy if you do get pregnant. If you or your partner have an STI, make sure you are both fully treated before you carry on trying for pregnancy. And if either or both of you are HIV-positive, make sure you get treatment and speak to your doctor FIRST before trying.

Remember that if there is a problem with getting pregnant, it could be due to an issue with the female/ the male partner, so you should both get checked out. Also know that not being able to fall pregnant doesn’t mean you are unhealthy. Even healthy couples with no problems can take time to get pregnant.



Anonymous 27 May 2018 15:55

What course clear, stretchy discharge while you're in depo and we are suffering because nurses they don't tell us that depo works even after 3 months, and it is not good to a person who give birth to a dead child.after 7 day of injection my body started itching all over with big pimples when I scratch they move to another part and the doctor injected me it goes away after 8 day the itching come back again and at clinic the give a lotion and pills for running stomach it is not working.i am tired of scratching my body and it even affect my eyes my eyes are always red now and itching, when i look at the light i see rainbow colours, i try eye drop and it didn't work. The doctor said after 3 months every thing will be fine but now is the 4th months nothing change. is any way i can clean the Injection and i want the child 2

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 May 2018 09:58

Hi Anonymous. Sorry to hear you’re feeling this way. The contraceptive effects usually wear off 12 weeks from your last injection. It's very important that you go back to your doctor now that the 3 months has passed to get further guidance. Let the doctor know that there has not been any changes so further examination can be done on you. You can also read our Different kinds of contraceptives and family planning options to prevent pregnancy for more information.

 

 




Anonymous 24 May 2018 15:42

if you are hiv pos and your cd4 count will be for intance 400 then you start art how long does it tke for it to rise

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 May 2018 09:43

Hi Anonymous, thank you for your question. You can take a look at our section on HIV "HIV Section" to find out more information. 




Anonymous 24 May 2018 15:39

hie there my question is when you have finished your med for tb can you be reinfected and how long does it tke

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 May 2018 09:36

Hi Anonymous. Our article Can you get TB more than once may give you all the answers you need. You can also read All you need to know about TB for more information.





Anonymous 23 May 2018 11:23

Can you take flu medicine same time as your ARV's?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 May 2018 11:24

Hi there, when taking any form of chronic medication (such as ARVs) it is best to get advice from your healthcare worker (nurse or doctor) or pharmacist before you take any type of over-the-counter medication. Please tell your nurse or doctor that you are taking ARVs. They can then prescribe medication that will not interfere with the ARVs. If you’re just going to the pharmacy, any pharmacist working at a private pharmacy will be able to advise you on the best medication to take for flu that will not interact with your ARV medication. 



Anonymous 23 May 2018 11:11

Hi, I'm a 23 year old mother and HIV positive, I have a baby who recently turned 1 and was tested negative at 6 weeks old, I have been exclusively breastfeeding him till now and want to stop because of the biting, I'm scared he'll get infected hence the biting leaves cuts on my nipples. At the clinic they told me not to give him baby formula and rather give him Nespray or Nido, I just want to be a 100% sure on which milk I should now introduce him to, please help

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 May 2018 09:26

Hi Anonymous. Breast milk is usually the best milk for your baby but considering the circumstances it's best you stop breast feeding as it may put your baby at risk. You can go back to your nearest clinic so they can give you further options. Babies need plenty of nutritional support so your doctor or nurse can advise on other best options for your baby so you can have a healthy baby. Make sure you keep taking your ARVs all through and the rest of your life.



Nhlakaah 23 May 2018 10:24

Hi there i have flu its two week now. I can't breathe sometimes

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 May 2018 09:04

Hi Anonymous. A cold will get better on its own if you rest and treat the symptoms, but if you have flu, it’s important that you treat it quickly. If you have a cold, you may have a blocked nose, sneezing, coughing or headaches, but flu is worse, and it happens quite suddenly. You would usually have a high fever, painful cough, a very sore body, sore throat and a blocked or runny nose. Flu can be treated with medications called antivirals (e.g. Tamiflu), but it is best if you see a doctor or a nurse for further help. You can find your nearest clinic here




Anonymous 23 May 2018 00:46

I give birth last month and the baby died, the nurse force me to prevent she injected me injection for 3 months.so as they say injection last longer in your body , what can I use to clean it?after that 3 months and how long does it wear off in the body by it self? I really need a baby.

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 May 2018 08:55

Hi Anonymous. We are sorry to hear that. The contraceptive effects usually wear off 12 weeks from your last injection. It's very important that you go back to your nearest clinic to get further advice. You can also read our article

Different kinds of contraceptives and family planning options to prevent pregnancy for more information.






Anonymous 22 May 2018 16:15

So I hv a teeth pain

B-Wise Expert Expert 22 May 2018 16:16

Hi there, a tooth pain can be caused by many things, so we recommend you see a dentist, doctor or a nurse as soon as possible. You can find and rate your clinic here.



Anonymous 22 May 2018 16:06

I want to get tested for HIV but I'm scared that I may be positive so I don't know what to do so I need advice of how I could overcome this fear.

B-Wise Expert Expert 22 May 2018 16:07

Hi there, It can seem scary to find out your status, but if you are HIV positive, the virus is in your body whether you test or not! And if you are HIV positive, getting treatment sooner can help you to live a longer, healthier life. Wondering why it ’s important to get test ed ? Read this article. If don’t feel comfortable going alone for the test, you go with someone you trust. Remember also at clinics there are HIV pre-test counsellors who you can speak to about your worries and concerns. This what you can expect when you go for an HIV test.


khuliso 18 May 2018 19:25

I am a teenager around Gauteng by college now I think i have contracted hiv few months back due to french kissing experienced almost all acute hiv symptoms but test at 3months both rapid & 4th gen neg but everyone around me getting thin and have flu , a possible outbreak maybe ? I don't know but it's worrying me what should I do as I am in this situation I can't leave knowing that I might have infected others in an unknown way. this situation is making my life terrible i will go straight to hell if this is true and would have dissapointed manu due to ignorance I don't know what to do.

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 May 2018 11:00

Hi there, thank you for your question. You seem very concerned, but  It's important to know that the only way you will know if you have HIV is if you go to the clinic and do a blood test for HIV. You get HIV from another person’s body fluids (body liquids). This means their blood, semen (sperm), the fluid in their vagina and breast milk. You cannot get HIV from another person’s saliva (spit) or tears. For more information you can read this article Find out how you get HIV & stay safe! 



Anonymous 17 May 2018 18:35

How can I get pregnant.

B-Wise Expert Expert 17 May 2018 21:04

Hi there. Pregnancy can happen when a man and woman have sex that is not protected (i.e. without using a condom or contraception). The man's sperm enters the woman's body through her vagina, then travels through her cervix and womb to the fallopian tubes, where the sperm meets the woman's egg – this is called fertilisation. If you are thinking of getting pregnant, make sure you’re ready! And if you’re on ARVs, speak to your doctor before you start trying. You can learn here about reproductive or sex organs, and you might also want to check out this article: What to expect from pregnancy.  



Anonymous 17 May 2018 14:57

What causes the lumb?

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 May 2018 13:25

There are many different causes of lumps. They can be either cancerous or benign (non-cancerous). Benign lumps can be caused by infections like TB and other bacteria.

 The only way to know what is causing a lump is for it to be examined by a doctor. So it’s best for you to go to your local clinic if you have a lump. You can find your local clinic here.



Kuyabongekah 17 May 2018 11:32

Stomuch cramps and hot urine

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 May 2018 10:51

Hi , thank you for your question. The most common cause of stomach cramps and burning urine is a bladder infection. It is best to go to your nearest clinic and get checked by a doctor or a nurse so they can check you up and give you the right treatment. You can also drink lots of water to help clear the infection.  You can also drink citro soda to help with the burning urine.



Anonymous 16 May 2018 09:03

I had done my yearly check ups a month ago(pap smear,memogram,cancer etc).I was told in negative. I also did two hiv tests which were both negative. Normally we have sex using a condom. We decided t try without. My partner complained that he got itchy down there. I don't know what is happening us it drinking fizzy drinks and plain yoghurt a problem?

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 May 2018 12:59

Hi there, Itching after sex could be caused by many different kinds of genital infections – for example, some people have mentioned that eating a lot of starchy foods makes them develop thrush (yeast infection). When a man has sex with a female who has yeast infection without a condom, his penis may start itching. Often when a pap smear is done, the healthcare workers concentrate on reporting the fact that there is no cervical cancer, and that’s why they report the results are NEGATIVE. It may be that there were vaginal infections though. Remember, NOT all vaginal infections are STIs.

Here are a few things you can do to avoid itching:

                    After peeing, wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from the anus getting into the vagina.

                    Avoid using chemical products such as vaginal douches, these chemicals can upset the vagina by making it acidic.

                    Avoid using scented feminine hygiene products (panty liners, pads, soaps).

                    Wear loose, natural-fibre underwear and clothing. Change your underwear at least every 24 hours.

                    Keep the genital area clean and dry. Use mild soap and rinse well.

                    Use mild, unscented laundry detergents to wash your underwear.

                    Dry off thoroughly after bathing and swimming. Avoid staying in wet clothing for long periods of time.

                    Avoid unprotected sex, especially if you are worried that you or your partner might have an infection.

Most importantly, you and your partner must see a doctor or nurse if you suspect that you might have an infection. You can locate your local clinic here.



Ano 14 May 2018 20:51

How does one know they have HPV? And what is the treatment .

B-Wise Expert Expert 22 May 2018 16:02

Hi there, HPV often doesn't have any symptoms. Or symptoms might only develop years later. So people don't even know they have it most of the time! You get all the information you need on HPV on our HPV section here



Ano 14 May 2018 20:44

What is HPV vaccine , who should get and where ?

B-Wise Expert Expert 22 May 2018 16:04

Hi there, HPV stands for human papillomavirus. It's a sexually transmitted infection (STI), which means you get it through sexual intercourse (and sometimes other kinds of sexual contact). You can get HPV even from having sex with just one person. Get all the information you need on HPV on our HPV section here 




Anonymous 14 May 2018 14:36

I am a teenager around Gauteng by college now I think i have contracted hiv few months back due to french kissing experienced almost all acute hiv symptoms but test at 3months both rapid & 4th gen neg but everyone around me getting thin and have flu , a possible outbreak maybe ? I don't know but it's worrying me what should I do as I am in this situation I can't leave knowing that I might have infected others in an unknown way. this situation is making my life terrible i will go straight to hell if this is true and would have dissapointed manu due to ignorance I don't know what to do.

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 May 2018 13:17

Hi there, the best way to know if you have HIV is to go for an HIV test. These tests are done for free at your local clinic. This way, if you are HIV positive, you can get treatment as soon as possible.

It is very unlikely to get HIV through kissing though. To learn more about HIV, check out our HIV Section. 



Anonymous 12 May 2018 15:21

hie,I have a problem and need help I have been bleeding and some meat like things are coming out,the hospital said it was miscarriage three weeks back but its still happening now what should I do

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 May 2018 19:26

Hi there. That seems to be a serious situation, its best that you go immediately to the hospital and tell the doctor what is happening. They will check you up and they will give you the correct treatment.


Anonymous 11 May 2018 13:37

WHY SHOULD AN HIV PREGNANT WOWAN MUST FEED A NEW BORN BABY

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 May 2018 13:38

Hi there, thank you for your question. Babies under the age of 6 months need milk only. You have two options you can feed the baby breast milk or you can feed the baby formula.

Breast feeding: It is best to only breast feed your baby for the first 6 months because it has many benefits such as it is good for the baby’s immune system, it is convenient, you don’t have to pay for it. If you are concerned about giving the baby HIV, if you are taking ARVS then your viral load is supressed and the risk of the baby getting HIV is low.

Formula feeding: This can be expensive, because as the baby gets older the baby will need more formula. There is no risk of the baby getting HIV if you chose this option.



Anonymous 10 May 2018 10:24

What is a sperm.

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 May 2018 11:41

Hi there, thank you for your question. Sperm is the liquid or fluid that comes out of the penis when a boy organism (cums). You can read this article for more information Wet dreams are completely normal 



Anonymous 10 May 2018 10:24

Low sex drive.

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 May 2018 14:12

Hi there, thank your for your question.  Sex drive differs from person to person. Different people find different types of sensual touching arousing. You and your partner can try different things, this way you both can discover what you may like and what you may not like. 



Anonymous 10 May 2018 10:24

Flu.

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 May 2018 10:56

Hi there, if you mean what causes flu or what can you do to recover from the flu. There are many different causes of flu for example staying outside in the cold, or if you sit near someone that has the flu it is possible for you to catch the flu. It is best for you to visit a local clinic to get checked out and treated for the flu



Anonymous 10 May 2018 10:24

I'm bleeding in the noise.

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 May 2018 10:54

Hi there, thank you for your questions. Having nose bleeds can be normal, there are many reasons for nose bleeding such as headaches, picking your nose too much or if it is very hot outside. If you are having these nose bleeds often, it is best that you visit your doctor or nurse at the local clinic. 


Ano 7 May 2018 18:28

Why do you have to wait 6 months to donate blood if you had sex

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 May 2018 13:51

Hi there, thank you for your question. The blood donation banks would like to get blood which is free from diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and other infections which can be sexually transmitted, because they do not want to give blood to someone in a hospital and give them HIV or another infection.   Blood banks do the best they can to test for these  diseases but sometimes they can be difficult to find especially in the early period of infection.  Some of these infections take a while to show up in your blood stream or to test positive in your blood.  Some blood tests look for antibodies to diseases.  Antibodies are produced by your immune system in response to a disease in your body but they can take a few days to a few months to be produced.   Blood banks  do not want to take blood from someone who has had a new sexual partner in the last few months as there is a chance of them having an infection which may not yet show up as positive on the tests.  It is important to always be honest when donating blood as it would be terrible and unethical to put someone else at risk of getting an infection when they are a patient needing a blood transfusion.  



Anonymous 7 May 2018 18:12

Hi, is it rape if you are having sex with your boyfriend for the first time ( virgin) and in the middle of it you tell him to stop because its painful but instead of stopping he pins you down and carries on.And years later you still feel pain everytime you having sex, fingering and putting a tampon

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 May 2018 13:58

Hi. Thank you for your question. Remember it is rape if you say NO to having sex with your partner. It is important that your partner respects your decision to stop especially if you are in pain. For more information you can read our Abuse Alert Section.

In terms of the pain that you experience during sex, it is best that you go to the local clinic to get checked by a doctor or a nurse. They will check you up and give you the right treatment. 



Anonymous 7 May 2018 11:26

What must be the the way to know your status.

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 May 2018 16:57

Hi Anonymous. Thank you for your question. The only way to know your status is to get tested, whether it’s for HIV or STIs. Knowing your status allows you to protect yourself and your partner. Remember to always practice protected sex at all times by using a condom. You can visit your nearest clinic and they will give you further advice. You can find your nearest clinic here. Check out our articles Know your status? Get tested! What to expect , Why is it important to test for HIV and I don’t want to get an STI - How can I protect myself? for more information.




Anonymous 7 May 2018 11:24

How do I know that I am pregnant .

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 May 2018 10:32

Hi there! Thank you for your question. You can buy a pregnancy test from a pharmacy to check if you are pregnant or you can go to your local clinic and get tested by a nurse or a doctor. They can tell you if you are pregnant or not. 



Anonymous 3 May 2018 18:27

What must be the the way to know your status.

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 May 2018 15:56

Hi Anonymous. Thank you for your question. The only way to know your status is to get tested, whether it’s for HIV or STIs. Knowing your status allows you to protect yourself and your partner. Remember to always practice protected sex at all times by using a condom. You can visit your nearest clinic and they will give you further advice. You can find your nearest clinic here. Check out our articles Know your status? Get tested! What to expect , Why is it important to test for HIV and I don’t want to get an STI - How can I protect myself? for more information.

 




Dylan 3 May 2018 16:41

What can I use for headaches ?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 May 2018 14:55

Hi Anonymous. Some over-the-counter medication at the pharmacy can help (like Panado), but getting the right treatment depends on the cause and the type of headache you have. Drinking water and getting enough sleep also helps. If the headache pain is too much and is ongoing, it’s best you see a doctor or nurse at your nearest clinic so they can further advise you. You can find your nearest clinic here.




Anonymous 3 May 2018 12:19

What can I use for itchy feet

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 May 2018 16:06

Hi Anonymous. Itchy feet can be caused by many things. It could be a fungal infection usually called athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot can easily be treated with a medicated cream. You can get this cream from your local pharmacy. Painful, itchy, hot or cold feet can be the result of diseases such as diabetes, or it could also be the result of alcohol use or medications. It’s best you visit a clinic near you so they can do an examination. Use our Clinic Finderto help you find a clinic near you.              





Anonymous 3 May 2018 09:49

Hello , Am a Lady and HIV+ I have been on ARVS since 2015 and recently just met this guy that i Love so much and we have already spent a few times together and had sex using a condom now how do I tell the guy that am HIV+ bare in mind i dont know his status , do i have to tell him yet ? Am taking my meds on time but am scared what if i tell him then he leaves me, is it that wiser to disclose your status to every guy u meet? Confused.

B-Wise Expert Expert 4 May 2018 14:25

Hi Anonymous. We understand it can be hard to tell someone that you love about your HIV status. It is very important that you are honest with your partner about your HIV status, especially because you are involved in a sexual relationship. Sharing your status with him shows not only that you are responsible, but that you care about him and his health. It will also give him a chance to disclose his status to you. Not sharing your status with him will put him at risk of also getting the virus. Give him a chance to understand your fears and concerns. The sooner you tell him, the better for you and him as you don’t want to invest your time with someone who may reject the virus. Remember it’s the virus they reject, not you... but it can still be very painful. You can check out our article Dating when you’re HIV positive to give more information.




Anonymous 2 May 2018 22:36

My left leg is painting everytime I sit to long. What can be the cause

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 May 2018 16:09

Hi Anonymous. It is difficult to say what could be the cause without a doctor doing a full examination on you. There may be many reasons, from posture (the position in which you hold your body when standing or sitting), spinal injuries, vitamin deficiencies (not enough vitamins) and medication side effects. It would be best for you to visit a clinic near you so they can do an examination. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you.

 




Anonymous 2 May 2018 20:11

Hi I've recently had sex with my boyfriend and I felt this massive pain around my abdominal area the moment he went inside and I bled the next morning and still had the pain, I would like to know what the cause of pain might be as this was not my first time having sex

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 May 2018 16:14

Hi Anonymous. There could be a number of reasons for this. Firstly, his penis may be larger than before and may have hurt the wall of your vagina. If this is the case, it’s best you try a different sexual position that doesn’t allow for deep penetration (when penis deeply enters the vagina). Secondly, it could be that the wall of your vagina was dry and you were not sufficiently aroused before you started having sex. You may then be are suffering from vaginal dryness. Check out this article for more information: Why dry sex is not a good idea . To improve this, you could use a lubricant such as KY jelly. Lastly, you may also have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or vaginal condition which got worse during sex. It’s best you visit your local clinic and get tested for STIs. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you.




Anonymous 30 April 2018 11:46

How do I detoxify my blood.

B-Wise Expert Expert 2 May 2018 18:20

Hi Anonymous. There is no need for you to detoxify your body. The liver does this work, and anyone with a healthy liver will be cleansed of toxins by their liver. However, it’s best that you drink enough water daily to make sure your body is working well. Drinking a few glasses of water a day is a good way to start.




Anonymous 30 April 2018 11:18

Sorry in time of pregnanc i getting so much of pain..... Under my privet part and wen a pee it birn my pravit part wat can i do.

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 April 2018 13:58

Hi Anonymous, Sorry to hear you’re feeling this way. There are a number of things that could cause burning urine. It could be caused by a bacterial infection, or by an STI such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea. It may also be a bladder infection (usually called a Urinary Tract Infection or UTI) which is very common during pregnancy. It’s best to see a nurse or doctor to get tested and treated. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. Our articles can also give you more information about STIs and bladder infections: I have a discharge - do I have an STI? and Urinary tract infections: what’s the lowdown?





Anonymous 26 April 2018 12:59

Does love have an age

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 April 2018 13:12

Hi there, thank you for your question. Read our article on  Does 'love' have an age? Relationships with someone older for more information 



Anonymous 26 April 2018 12:50

Hi what is going to happen when she is out off school

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 May 2018 16:44


Hi Anonymous. We’re guessing you are talking about what your daughter can do after she matriculates. Preparing her for life after high school would be a good way to start. Sitting down with her and talking about her goals will give you an idea of what she wants to do with her life. She may want to further her studies, get a job or take time off. This will be an interesting journey for her as she begins to make serious decisions about her future. It’s best you guide her through this time and give her the support she needs. Communication is key during this time as you would need to discuss a way forward with whatever choice she makes. You can check our articles from our Your Future section for more information.





NokoT 26 April 2018 12:50

How to identify sti

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 April 2018 13:41

Hi there, thank you for your question. For more information, please read our article on I have a discharge - do I have an STI? 



Nkhulu David Letsoalo 26 April 2018 12:50

Hi i just wanna know more about herpes

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 May 2018 15:01

Hi Anonymous. Herpes is an infection caused by a virus called herpes simplex virus (HSV) which can affect the genital area (private parts) and other parts of the body. There are two types of herpes: genital herpes and oral herpes. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is passed on through having sex with someone who has/had the infection. Oral herpes can be spread from the mouth to the genitals through oral sex, and can also spread by kissing or sharing toothbrushes or cutlery. Herpes symptoms include sores (usually on the genitals or mouth), blisters, ulcers and vaginal discharge. Many people don’t show these symptoms even though they may be carrying the virus. That’s why it’s important to get yourself tested to make sure you don’t have the virus. Remember to always have protected sex at all times by using a condom to protect yourself against HIV and STIs. Check out our articles STI questions? All the answers and Can I get an STI from oral sex? to learn more.

 




Anonymous 26 April 2018 12:49

when is the right age to engage in asexual intercourse?

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 May 2018 10:48

Hi there, thank you for your question. You can read this article to answer your question Sex on the mind: are you ready? 



Anonymous 26 April 2018 12:49

Hi.I'm pregnant but do not want this pregnancy. What do I do?

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 May 2018 10:44

Hi there, thank you for your question. Its best that you visit your local clinic and speak to a nurse or a doctor and they will be able to tell you on what your options are.



Anonymous 26 April 2018 12:49

hi

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 April 2018 13:00

Hi there, how can we help you?



Anonymous 26 April 2018 12:49

Hi

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 April 2018 13:01

Hi, how can we help you?



Anonymous 26 April 2018 12:49

How do I access contracrptives

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 May 2018 10:41

Hey here, thank you for your question. You can access contraceptives at your local clinic, you can also read this article for more information Contraception: When should I start? 



Anonymous 26 April 2018 12:49

How does Prep work

B-Wise Expert Expert 2 May 2018 13:53

Hi Anonymous, good question! PrEP stands for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis. “Prophylaxis” means that it can prevent you getting an illness, which in this case is HIV, and “Pre-exposure” means that you start taking the medication before you are exposed to the illness. So PrEP is the medication an HIV negative person can take before they are exposed to HIV, which can help prevent them getting HIV.  People usually take PrEP to prevent them against contracting HIV through sexual intercourse with an HIV positive person or when the person’s HIV status is unknown. 


When you take PrEP you need to see a doctor regularly to monitor you and to do blood tests to make sure you do not get any side effects from the medication. Remember that PrEP is not 100% effective, so you should still use condoms to help prevent you from getting HIV. It is even better for you to also know your partner’s HIV status and for them to be on ARVs themselves if they are HIV-positive. If you think you might be at risk of getting HIV, you can ask your GP for more information about PrEP.


 





Anonymous 26 April 2018 12:48

What is pep?

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 April 2018 18:25

Hi, Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a short course (28 days) of anti-retroviral medication that is taken soon (within 72 hours) after exposure to HIV to reduce the chance of contracting HIV.



Anonymous 26 April 2018 12:41

Hi yesterday i took Nuur injection then hours later i had sex not knowing i am on my periods...could i be pregnant?

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 April 2018 15:50

Hi Anonymous. Sounds like you started your period that day, so it is unlikely that you were pregnant.

It takes about two weeks for the birth control to be working after you have had an injectable contraceptive. This means that you were not protected when you had unprotected sex. However, the risk of falling pregnant during your periods are low… but it is still possible. It’s best you visit your nearest clinic and talk to a doctor or nurse about an emergency contraception that you can take. There are pills you can take after having unprotected sex to decrease the chance of falling pregnant. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you.

Please also remember that injectable contraceptives (e.g. Nur-isterate) do not prevent against HIV or STIs and that you will still need to use condoms as well.




Anonymous 25 April 2018 23:12

Hello , Am a Lady and HIV+ I have been on ARVS since 2015 and recently just met this guy that i Love so much and we have already spent a few times together and had sex using a condom now how do I tell the guy that am HIV+ bare in mind i dont know his status , do i have to tell him yet ? Am taking my meds on time but am scared what if i tell him then he leaves me, is it that wiser to disclose your status to every guy u meet? Confused.

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 May 2018 14:15

Hi there, thank you for your question. It  seems as though you are really confused. Its great that you and your partner are both using condoms when you have sex. Remember condoms are your best protection against HIV, STIs and unplanned pregnancies. 

Well done for taking your medication on time! It is best that you tell your partner your HIV status especially if you do not know his status.This way he will be able to protect himself as well. It is wise to disclose your status to every guy you have sex with, so you both can protect yourselves. 

Read this article to help you make the right decision Dating when you’re HIV-positive



Anonymous 25 April 2018 16:31

Sorry i am getting heard ache all the time and i am feeling dizz all the time can u plz explen

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 April 2018 14:10

Hi there, It would be best for you to get checked by a nurse or a doctor at the local clinic so they can tell you what causes these headaches, they will give you the right treatment. You can use our Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you here



Anonymous 25 April 2018 16:02

I am 25 i had unprotected sex now my clitoris is itchy what could possibly be the cause coz it comes back after unprotected sex again.im negative. Also ive got painful bumps on my pubic area whether ive shaved or not maybe one or two Worried, Mpumalanga

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 May 2018 13:46

Hi there, thank you for your question.Having pimples on the vagina (or outside of the vagina) does not always mean one has a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI). If the pimples continue and you are having sexual contact of any kind, visit the nearest clinic to be tested and treated for an STI. Also, remember to ask your partner to also visit the clinic. To avoid STIs remember to wear a condom during sex or during sexual contact.



Anonymous 25 April 2018 11:46

Find clinic around me.

B-Wise Expert Expert 25 April 2018 11:46

Hi there, you can find a clinic near you here – don’t forget to rate it!



Anonymous 25 April 2018 11:45

I wanna know if its normal if u have a painful pimple on top of your virgina.

B-Wise Expert Expert 25 April 2018 11:48

Hi there, thank you for your question. We can understand why these pimples may worry you. It is possible that they could be normal pimples or ingrown hairs. But it could also be an STI like syphilis or genital warts. It would be best for you to visit your doctor at the local clinic so they can check you up and give you the right treatment that you need. Remember to always use condoms every time you have sex. You can use the Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you here



Anonymous 25 April 2018 11:45

How do you know when you have STI or STD.

B-Wise Expert Expert 25 April 2018 11:49

Hi Anonymous, STIs can have a lot of different symptoms – and some don’t have any symptoms at all, so you will only know if you test for STIs. You can learn about STIs here. You can also ask our health experts questions here.



Anonymous 25 April 2018 11:45

I have smthng lyk tolcence i dnt know to drink wht can i drink.

B-Wise Expert Expert 25 April 2018 11:50

Hi anonymous, it would be best for you to visit your doctor at the local clinic so they can check you up and give you the right treatment that you need. You can use the Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you here.



Anonymous 23 April 2018 15:16

Are all peopl at risk, or only some peopl?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 April 2018 15:17

Hi there. Anyone can get listeriosis. However, those at high risk are newborn babies, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and their unborn babies; and those with underlying conditions such as HIV, diabetes, cancer, chronic liver or kidney disease.



Anonymous 23 April 2018 12:26

I miss eating polony! When can I start eating it again?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 April 2018 12:27

Hi there, ready-to-eat, processed meat, especially polony, can put people at high risk of listeriosis. At this point it’s best to avoid such products until we have more details.



Anonymous 23 April 2018 12:14

How wuld I know if had it?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 April 2018 12:15

Hi Anonymous. Here are the symptoms of listeriosis:

Diarrhoea (runny tummy), nausea and vomiting, fever, stiff muscles in your neck, feeling weak, body pains are some of the main symptoms you would have if you had the disease.




Anonymous 23 April 2018 11:57

What do I do to make sure I dont get it?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 April 2018 12:00

Hello Anonymous. There are a number of ways to avoid getting listeriosis. 
These include:
•Shopping carefully. Keep raw meats and fish in bags separately from other foods. Make sure all foods that need to be in the fridge are stored there as soon as possible
•Wash your hands at all chances you get, from food preparation to bathroom use
•Cook, refrigerate, or freeze meat, poultry, eggs, fish, and ready-to-eat foods within 2 hours of getting them. Make sure your refrigerator is set at 40°F (4°C) or colder
•Keep your fridge clean. Don’t leave any spills or liquids there to linger
•Cook food thoroughly, and reheat leftovers at no less than 74C / 165F
•Follow labels and instructions on food packaging carefully 
•“If in doubt, throw it out” – don’t take any risks
•Ensure that you follow good basic hygiene



Anonymous 23 April 2018 10:59

How does person get listeriosis?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 April 2018 11:07

Hi there, Listeria can be found in soil, meaning that it is possible for vegetables/ fruit to have the bacteria. If we eat foods that have this bacteria, it can make us sick. People who do not wash their fruits and vegetables well can put themselves at risk of getting listeriosis. Animals can also carry bacteria, so if you eat meat it is very important to cook the meat properly to make sure you are not at risk of getting listeriosis. Eating certain foods, like soft cheeses and processed meats, can also be risky.



Anonymous 23 April 2018 10:55

What is listerisis?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 April 2018 10:57

Hi Anonymous. Listeriosis is a disease caused by a kind of bacteria that can live in food, water, animals and soil.



Anonymous 21 April 2018 12:01

What if someone doesn't know thy Listeriosis, what will happen?

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 April 2018 12:04

If listeriosis doesn’t get treated, it can make someone seriously sick, and there is even a chance they could die.

Listeriosis symptoms are a lot like flu symptoms, so if you feel like you have the flu, ask your doctor if they can check for listeriosis as well. Remember you can find and rate your clinic on B-Wise here.

 




Anonymous 21 April 2018 08:47

How is Listeriosis treated???

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 April 2018 11:51

Hi Anonymous. Listeriosis treatment depends on your signs and symptoms. People with mild symptoms might require no treatment. People with serious infections can be treated with antibiotics. It is important for pregnant women to quickly start taking antibiotics after being diagnosed with listeriosis, as this may keep the infection from affecting the baby.






Anonymous 21 April 2018 08:46

I fear Listeriosis what foodz should I avoid?

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 April 2018 11:48

Hi there. Those at high risk of listeriosis should avoid the following foods:

•Milk that come straight from a cow or unpasteurised milk, or dairy products like yoghurts that contain unpasteurised milk

•Soft cheeses like feta and cream cheese

•Foods from shops that sell prepared foods (e.g. prepared salads, polony, Viennas, Russians or cold meats) that have not been heated




Anonymous 21 April 2018 08:44

What if someone doesn't know thy Listeriosis, what will happen?

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 April 2018 11:43

Hi Anonymous. Here are the symptoms of listeriosis:

Diarrhoea (runny tummy), nausea and vomiting, fever, stiff muscles in your neck, feeling weak, body pains are some of the main symptoms you would have if you had the disease.






Anonymous 20 April 2018 00:39

Hi i would like to thank you for responding to my question regarding my Brother with swollen body and itching . I was at the local clinic today and i heard people bragging about drinking while on ARV Meds and some saying they drink and take their meds when its time and continuous drinking, what concerns me mostly one even said he drinks almost everyday and doesn't forget His meds, Is it ok to drink almost everyday while on ARVS / any medication?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 09:55

Hi there, thank you for communicating with us. It seems like you are really concerned about your brother. He can have some alcohol while he is  on ARVs, however, this needs to be done in moderation (small amounts) because heavy alcohol intake may have many negative effects such as:

1.forgetting to take  ARVs at the correct time.

2.With certain ARVs, there may be more side effects like drowsiness (shared side effect of the two combined)

3.General health may be affected (poor appetite may happen as a result of heavy alcohol intake and weight loss.




Anonymous 19 April 2018 13:05

I have ranch on my privety party can u help plz.

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 April 2018 13:07


Hi Anonymous. Many things can cause a rash. It would be best for you to visit a clinic near you so they can do an examination. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. A doctor or nurse can tell you the causes of the rash and give you the right treatment.



    



Anonymous 17 April 2018 10:58

I was on contraceptive injection and now I don't see my periods and I last had sex when I was still preventing. Could I be pregnant?

B-Wise Expert Expert 17 April 2018 16:45

Hi Anonymous. There are a few reasons you may not be getting your periods. It’s best to know as soon as possible what the cause is, in case it is pregnancy. You can buy a pregnancy test, or visit your local clinic as soon as possible and ask the nurse or doctor at your local clinic to test you for pregnancy. You can find your nearest clinic here.  Check out our article Different kinds of contraceptives to give you more information about the different kinds of contraceptives. You can also read: When your period signals a problem: menstrual problems for more information.




Anonymous 16 April 2018 19:37

What is needed if u want to lose weight.

B-Wise Expert Expert 17 April 2018 10:55

Hi Anonymous. There are a number of healthy ways to lose weight. A healthy diet is a good way to start. You can also read our articles Dieting: Is it good for you? and Eat well to stay well to understand what a healthy diet includes. Balancing a healthy diet and exercising regularly can also help you achieve your goal. Check out our articles from our Get fit section  for more information on how to get into shape.




Anonymous 16 April 2018 18:56

How do you get sti.

B-Wise Expert Expert 17 April 2018 10:53

Hi there Anonymous. Good question! An STI (sexually transmitted infection) is an infection that is spread from person to person through having sex. Different STIs are spread in different ways, but most of them are spread through some kind of touch, whether it’s on the genitals, mouth or anus. If you're going to have sex, protect yourself from getting STIs by using a condom every time you have sex. Check out our article for more information: I don’t want to get an STI - How can I protect myself? You can also read our articles from our STI Section to learn more.




Anonymous 13 April 2018 10:06

So if i want to prevent? .

B-Wise Expert Expert 13 April 2018 10:11

Hi there, and thank you for your question. If you want to protect yourself from getting an STI you can check out this article: I don't want to get an STI- How do I protect myself


And if you want to protect yourself from getting pregnant you can check out our article on Protect yourself from getting pregnant   




Anonymous 13 April 2018 08:02

Hi my Brother has been on Arvs since 2015 , a week back he wakes up with a swollen face and mouth, he went to his Local clinic and given some meds and told to stop eating some other foods which i don't he finished the meds and was fine after that.Now the same thing it's back even worse this tym his whole body is swollen and itching and it's very frustrating him coz he never felt and discomfort since he started Arvs. Am very worried too. What might be the cause ?

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 April 2018 17:29

Hi, thank you for your question. You must be a great brother since you are seeking help for your brother. It is possible that your brother may be allergic to something he is eating.

It would be best to take your brother back to the local clinic and tell the nurse or doctor who is checking your brother all the correct information. By telling the healthcare worker all the necessary details they will be able to give him the right treatment. 



Anonymous 12 April 2018 15:53

How can Varicose ulcers be treated- ive tried different ointments - please help..

B-Wise Expert Expert 13 April 2018 13:06

Hi there, thank you for your question. It would be best for you to do the following:

·         Use compression stockings during the day (you could buy this at a pharmacy or ask at your clinic where you can get some)

·         Lift your legs up for 30 minutes a few times during the day

·         Take antibiotics and make your dressings on your ulcers moist (slightly wet) 

It may take 3-4 months for your ulcers to heal, it would be best for you to visit your local clinic or hospital to get the treatment that you need. You can use the Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you.



Anonymous 12 April 2018 15:00

My stomach has been giving me some pain on the lower right side......

B-Wise Expert Expert 13 April 2018 13:09

Hi there, thank you for your question. It would be best for you to visit a nurse or a doctor at your local clinic so they can check you up and tell you what the problem may be. They will also give you the right treatment that you will need. 

You can use the Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. 



Anonymous 12 April 2018 14:37

STI IT HAS A CURE.

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 April 2018 14:48

Hi, thank you for your question. You can read our article on I don't want to get an STI - how can I protect myself? 



Anonymous 9 April 2018 16:33

IF me & my girlfriend have sex And we are both HIV AND we did not use anything

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 April 2018 12:09

Hello Anonymous. Having unprotected sex increases your chances of getting an STI and other infections. You can also fall pregnant. Just because you are both HIV positive, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t protect yourself from other risks. There are also chances of being infected with a different strain of HIV, and the risk is higher if you aren’t both on ARVs and don’t both have an undetectable viral load. It’s important to practice safe sex at all times. Using a condom can help protect you from STIs and other infections. Check out our articles from our Basics of S-E-X section and get more information on how you can protect yourself.




Anonymous 9 April 2018 13:54

I am sick what must I do.

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 April 2018 11:43

Hi Anonymous. Sorry to hear you’re feeling this way. It’s best if you visit your local clinic so you can get the medical help you need. The sooner you get help the better. It is also important to do a health check-up at least once a year. Check out our article for more information: Going for that yearly check-up. You can find your nearest health clinic here. Hope you feel better soon!




Anonymous 5 April 2018 17:17

How do i stay fit all times ?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 April 2018 18:08

Hi Anonymous, check out our “Get Fit” section on bwisehealth.com and learn about how to build a fit and healthy body without going to the gym, and dancing to keep fit and healthy. We have more tips on getting fit and staying fit here.



Mathaps 4 April 2018 16:06

Oh and by the way I did test for HIV and I'm negative

B-Wise Expert Expert 13 April 2018 10:33

Hi, thank you for your question.  It would be best for you to visit a nurse or a doctor at your local clinic so they can check you up and tell you exactly what the problem may be. You can use our Clinic Finder  to help you find a clinic nearest to you. 



Mathaps 4 April 2018 16:05

hi my TB was initially not diagnosed in the sputum but I was told I have lung infection, so does this mean the TB is being treated but not my lung? hence I'm still coughing? regards Mathaps

B-Wise Expert Expert 13 April 2018 10:33

Hi, thank you for your question.  It would be best for you to visit a nurse or a doctor at your local clinic so they can check you up and tell you exactly what the problem may be. You can use our Clinic Finder  to help you find a clinic nearest to you. 



Anonymous 3 April 2018 14:47

I want 2 know, what do i do when i have a rush on my penin?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 12:31

Hi thank you for your question. Tt would be best for you to visit a clinic near you so they can do an examination. They can tell you the causes of the rash and give you the right treatment



Anonymous 3 April 2018 14:43

I am facing a challenge of depression what must I do?

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 April 2018 14:44

Hi there, depression is a very serious issue. However, you are not alone. You can get help here.



Anonymous 3 April 2018 14:38

Is it normal to feel pain when you have sex after removing stitches you got from giving birth?

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 April 2018 19:36

Hi Anonymous.

It depends on how long it has been since the stitches were removed. Any bruising, tears and stitches will be painful for a few weeks after giving birth. Infection of the wound might make the pain worse. If you notice a bad smell, discharge from the wound or feel otherwise unwell, this may mean you have an infection; in which case you should consult at your nearest clinic. You can find and rate your nearest clinic here

If you do not notice any signs of infection and are feeling well (apart from pain during sex), wait some more time before having sex again and by that stage hopefully the vagina will be fully healed and sex will no longer be painful.



Anonymous 3 April 2018 14:37

I am weak, my feet are swollen, I am eating too much and I haven't gone to my periods for two months now. What may be the problem?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 12:36

Hi there, thank you for your question. It would be best for you to go to the local clinic and get checked by a doctor or nurse. They will examine you and tell you what the problem may be, they will also give you the right treatment. You can use the Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. 



Anonymous 3 April 2018 14:36

Which food you must eat when you dance?

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 April 2018 18:09

Hi there, check out a list of food groups you can try here.



Mathaps 3 April 2018 14:00

hi I've been diagnosed with TB in January and was hospitalized twice since then. on my latest last hospital admission the x-ray showed that there's an infection on my lung(basically my lung was getting worse) but the results of my sputum was negative. my worry is that I'm still coughing like before I new I had TB. PLEASE ASSIST kind regards Mathapelo

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 April 2018 19:38

Hi Anonymous, TB is something which requires daily and continuous treatment for at least 6 months before you can be cured. Some types of TB may need treatment for even longer than this.

Did they find the TB on the sputum the first time? If so, then you definitely have TB. If you take TB treatment then the TB in the sputum can disappear when they check later – this is usually a good sign. Lung infections can still happen though, whether or not there is TB treatment.

It is best to continue the TB treatment unless it has been stopped by a health worker. People living with HIV also need to get ARVs so that they don’t get other health problems. Always ask your health worker to explain your medicines and health problems in a way you are comfortable with, so you understand everything. Remember, this is your right!



Anonymous 31 March 2018 18:52

I went to the doctor to test pregnancy since I had unprotected sex on December then tested negative last week then he injected me for prevention but I feel like am pregnant

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 12:05

Hi thank you for your question. If you are worried that you may be pregnant it would be best for you to go visit another doctor or nurse so they can check you up and let you know why you may still feel that you are pregnant. You can use the Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. 



Anonymous 28 March 2018 10:46

How to treat tb.

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 April 2018 16:48

Hi there, thank you for your question. You can check out our article on https://bwisehealth.com/article/is-there-a-cure-or-vaccine-for-tb for more information. 



Anonymous 27 March 2018 14:04

Hi, I have recently had my first time expirience with sex, we used protection and my period came and went. Now, it hurts when I pee and I notice a bit of blood in my urine. Should I worry? Is this a Urinary Tract Infection or an STD symptom? Or is it normal?

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 March 2018 16:40

Hi, thank you for your question. The symptoms that you are describing may be a urinary tract infection. Common symptoms of STIs are discharge from the vagina, growths, blisters or sores on the vulva (outside of the vagina/ vagina ‘lips’) or the anus, and pain during intercourse. You can take a look at our article on Urinary tract infections: what's the lowdown? For more information on STIs you can check out our STI Section. It would be best for you to visit your clinic to get checked by a doctor or a nurse so they can tell you what may be wrong, and they will give you the right treatment. You can use our Clinic Finder to find a clinic nearest to you.  



Anonymous 27 March 2018 13:59

Hi health i have been cramps on mY STOMACH WHAT COULD BE THE PROBLEM.

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 March 2018 14:00

Hi there, thank you for your question. Stomach cramps can have many different causes – they can be linked to your organs, illnesses  (such as diarrhoea), muscle strains or other conditions. It would be best for you to get checked by a nurse or a doctor at the local clinic so they can tell you what is causing your stomach cramps and they will give you the right treatment. You can use our Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you.  



Anonymous 27 March 2018 13:45

I have something like pimpls on vagaener that thing and up making

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 March 2018 14:00

Hi there, thank you for your question. We can understand why these pimples may worry you. It is possible that they could be normal pimples or ingrown hairs. But it could also be an STI like syphilis or genital warts. It would be best for you to visit your doctor at the local clinic so they can check you up and give you the right treatment that you need. Remember to always use condoms every time you have sex. You can use the Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you.



Anonymous 27 March 2018 12:18

Plz tell me more about yeast infection.

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 April 2018 16:46

Hi there, thank you for your question. You can check out our article on https://bwisehealth.com/article/what-is-vaginal-thrush-or-a-yeast-infection for more information. 



Anonymous 27 March 2018 12:12

My boyfriend want a baby.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 11:44

Hi, thank you for your question. Having a baby is a big life decision to make and I think it would be best if you felt ready to make such a big change. This would mean that your relationship should be stable with both of you being committed to each to each other and you should both have good jobs with maternity leave available for you. You should also both test for HIV and make sure you are in good health. Until then, continue to use family planning and condoms until you are ready.  



Anonymous 27 March 2018 12:11

If want to get pregnant what mst i do?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 11:56

Hi, thank you for your question.Having a baby is a big life decision to make. You need to make sure your family/partner would be able to support you and that you can afford to have a baby. You and your partner should also both be tested for HIV and make sure you are in good health.



Anonymous 27 March 2018 12:10

Is it normal to be on your periods when your pregnant.

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 April 2018 18:14

Hi there, thank you for your question. It would be best for you to visit a doctor or nurse at your local clinic so they can check you up and tell you exactly what may be wrong. You can use the Clinic Finder  to help you find a clinic near you. 



Anonymous 27 March 2018 12:09

I sprained my ankle,now it has been swollen for 2 weeks and its making it difficult to walk,could it be that my ankle is brocken?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 March 2018 14:37

Hi, thank you for your question. If you’ve sprained your ankle, it’s natural for it to swell as part of the healing – but it needs rest, elevation (to be as high up as possible) and ice packs (bags of ice or frozen foods) for the swelling to go down. It’s also helpful not to walk on it any more than you need to, and for some people a brace or crutches help. It would be best for you to visit a nurse or a doctor at your nearest clinic so they can check your ankle and see what the best treatment would be. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you.



Anonymous 27 March 2018 12:08

Wanna know what's going on when you bleed blood everyday when you woke up with mouth well sometimes I dnt feel well via lungs.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 11:09

Hi there, thank you for your question. This seems to be a serious problem, it would be best for you to go to your nearest clinic so you can get checked by a doctor or nurse and they will tell you exactly what the problem may be. You can use the Clinic Finder  to help you find a clinic near you. 



Anonymous 27 March 2018 12:07

I have flue for more than six months now,whats the cause of it?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 12:10

Hi thank you for your question. Having the flu for more than six months can be a concern. It would be best for you to visit a doctor or a nurse at your local clinic so they can check you up and let you know if it is the flu or something else. 



Anonymous 27 March 2018 12:06

I have got a problem with my private parts when am done with Sex my private parts itshes is that normaly.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 12:28

Hi thank you for your question. Remember that you should always use a condom every time you have sex to protect yourself from STIs, HIV and unplanned pregnancies. In terms of the itchiness it would be best for you to visit a clinic near you so they can do an examination. They can tell you the causes of the itchiness and give you the right treatment.



Anonymous 27 March 2018 12:04

I have my periods but they are not usually the same I use do go on like 4 days but now it's 2 days and it's just a spot.....so is it possible that I migh.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 12:45

Hi, thank you for your question. There are many reasons why your periods may change for example if you are on a contraceptive such as the family planning injection. If you are very fit, or if you have an eating disorder such as anorexia, this usually affects your menstrual cycle (check out our article on What is anorexia nervosa?  . Sickness or gynaecological problems are another reason for irregular periods. It would be best for you to visit your local clinic to get checked by a doctor or a nurse so they can tell you exactly what the problem may be.



Anonymous 27 March 2018 12:03

I want to knw if is fine to have a child whilst you on your treatment Like it won't affect you or

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 April 2018 18:26

Hi , thank you for your question. You can take a look at our article I am HIV positive, can I have kids?  



Anonymous 27 March 2018 12:01

What's wrong if you're having sex and you don't feel anything?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 March 2018 10:31

Hi, that’s a good question! If you mean you don’t feel any emotions during sex, it might be because you don’t have feelings for the person you’re with, or there might be a reason that your mind tries to cut off from feelings (like a bad experience in your past, or a fear of something). To figure out what it is, it might help to speak to someone like a counsellor or a psychologist.

If you mean you don’t feel anything in your body or any pleasure during sex, it could mean that you need to see a doctor or a nurse at your clinic to check if anything is wrong. If you have a partner you trust and feel safe with, you can also try different ways of having sex (e.g. oral sex) to see if you feel anything. Remember to use a condom every time you have sex. 



Anonymous 27 March 2018 12:00

If I don't mistruate for 10 weeks what's wrong.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 12:47

· i, Hi, thank you for your question. There are many reasons why your periods may change for example if you are on a contraceptive such as the family planning injection. If you are very fit, or if you have an eating disorder such as anorexia, this usually affects your menstrual cycle (check out our article on What is anorexia nervosa?  . Sickness or gynaecological problems are another reason for irregular periods. It would be best for you to visit your local clinic to get checked by a doctor or a nurse so they can tell you exactly what the problem may be.



Anonymous 27 March 2018 11:57

if you prevent can you still be pregnet .

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 March 2018 12:00

Hi there thank you for your question.

If you want to protect yourself from getting an STI you can check out our article on I don't want to get an STI. How can I protect myself?

If you want to protect yourself from getting HIV you can check out our article on Find out how you can get HIV. Stay safe

If you want to protect yourself from getting pregnant you can check out our article on Protect yourself from getting pregnant



Anonymous 27 March 2018 11:47

What we have to eat to be health?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 March 2018 11:50

Hi there, thank you for your question. You can check out our section on Healthy living Healthy Living



Anonymous 27 March 2018 11:45

If you have smelling urine what are you suppours to do.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 12:21

Hi, thank you for your question. There can be many different why your urine may be smelling. It would be best for you to visit a doctor or a nurse so they can check you up and tell you what may be the problem and they will give you the right treatment.  



Anonymous 27 March 2018 11:42

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM GETTING STI.

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 March 2018 11:44

Hi there, thank you for your question. Check out our section on STI's to answer your question https://bwisehealth.com/category/sti



Anonymous 27 March 2018 11:35

Why I have hiv.

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 March 2018 11:38

Hi, thank you for your question. Check out our section on HIV https://bwisehealth.com/category/hiv



Anonymous 27 March 2018 10:22

Hi,I'm not menstrating I now have 4years what can I use or do to get help?

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 March 2018 13:16

Hi, thank you for your question. The problem that you are describing is called secondary amenorrhoea. This can be caused by different things such as:

·         using contraceptives (like the injection)

·         medication used to treat other illnesses such as cancer

·         Hormonal imbalances

·         Being severely under or overweight

It would be best for you to visit a nurse or a doctor at your local clinic so they can check you up and give you the correct treatment that you need. You can use the  Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you.  



Anonymous 27 March 2018 10:16

How can you concieve a child without infecting your partner?

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 March 2018 10:20

Hi there, thank you for your question. You can take a look at our article https://bwisehealth.com/article/if-i-m-hiv-positive-can-i-have-kids 



Anonymous 27 March 2018 10:08

How do i connect with b wise.

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 March 2018 10:11

Hi there, thank you for your question. You can go onto bwisehealth.com and sign up  to B-Wise. 



Anonymous 20 March 2018 17:30

If your discharge is brown what is happening.

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 March 2018 09:52

Hi Anonymous. If you have a thick green, yellow or brown discharge then that could be a sign of an infection. If there is an itchy cream discharge this could be a sign of thrush. It’s best if you visit your local clinic to seek further help. You can find your nearest health clinic here. You can also read our article I have a discharge-do I have an STI and what is vaginal thrush or a yeast infection? for more information.




Anonymous 20 March 2018 16:17

WHAT IS AIDS

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 March 2018 16:38

Hi Anonymous, good question. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. When someone has AIDS it means that their body can get sick more easily and they can even die if they are not treated. You can also read our article: HIV & AIDS: Get smart & know the facts! to give you more information.




Anonymous 20 March 2018 12:36

Hi what is the course of urine burning?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 March 2018 15:49

Hi Anonymous, thank you for your question. There are a number of reasons that could cause burning urine. It could be caused by a bacterial infection, or by an STI such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea. It’s best to see a nurse or doctor to get tested and treated. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. Our articles can also give you more information about STIs: check out I have a discharge-do I have an STI and I don’t want to get an STI-How can I protect myself?

 




Anonymous 18 March 2018 19:06

it's safe to use a dental dams nd alsoto get de access of getting dem from our nearby faculties

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 April 2018 20:25

Hi Anonymous, Yes a dental dam, if used correctly, can stop the spread of STIs during oral sex. There are however a few Do’s and Don’ts.  They should never be used more than once. Most dental dams are made of latex, the same material used to make condoms, so you should definitely not use with oil-based lubricants such as baby oil or petroleum jelly. Avoid stretching a dental dam as it may tear. Make sure that your dental dam is used in such a way that it won’t slip out of place and allow accidental contact between the genitals and the mouth.



msiza 17 March 2018 00:03

hi I had sex whout using condom now I experience unusual discharge yellow like but it doesn't small bad what does that mean?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 13:16

Hi, thank you for your question. This sounds like an infection in the genital area, you can get this infection by having sex. It is very important that you visit a doctor or a clinic to get treated so that the infection can go away. Your sex partner(s), also need to go to the clinic to get treated as well



Anonymous 14 March 2018 16:34

What happens when one is positive and have sex with Hiv positive both taking ARV

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 April 2018 17:34

Hi, thank you for your question. Remember, even if both of you are HIV positive, you still need to use condoms to protect yourself from STIs and unplanned pregnancies 



Anonymous 9 March 2018 10:48

I'm on my period so the pain is to much .

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 March 2018 15:44

Hi there. Thank you for your question. Menstrual cramps (period pains) are related to prostaglandins (hormones that are produced naturally in the body), and they can be treated with pain pills you can get at a pharmacy or clinic. But if you have cramps and also pain in your pelvic area, this could be because of a disease in the pelvis. It would be best for you to visit your local clinic to make sure that it’s not something more than normal period pains. You can use our Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you.



Anonymous 9 March 2018 10:40

My baby boy is 6 month old and his been pooping green gray poop is it normal.

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 March 2018 15:43

Hi. Thank you for your question. It is difficult to say if it is normal or not, because it depends on what your baby eats. It’s more likely to be a problem if your baby has other problems like stomach cramps, blood in the poop, or crying while he poops. It would be best for you to take the baby, along with baby’s dirty nappy, and show it to the nurse or doctor at the local clinic so they can check your baby to see what the problem may be. You can use our Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you.



Anonymous 8 March 2018 12:57

I had a pimple in my pubic area pasts weeks ago.went to clinic and given treatmet,disappeared 3 days of antibiotics and re-appeared 7 days again and had no sexual contact since after treatment.what type STI should I be having

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 March 2018 15:42

Hi there, thank you for your question. We can understand why these pimples may worry you. It is possible that they could be normal pimples or ingrown hairs. But it could also be an STI like syphilis or genital warts. It would be best for you to visit your doctor at the local clinic so they can check you up and give you the right treatment that you need. Remember to always use condoms every time you have sex. You can use the Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you.  



Anonymous 7 March 2018 11:22

What causes epilepsy?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 March 2018 10:21

Hi there, thank you for your question. There are different causes of epilepsy depending on the person. Some of the causes are

         Genetic (some people are born with it),

2.       Trauma (when epilepsy develops after a brain injury), and

3.       Brain infections or diseases (like tumours). 



Anonymous 6 March 2018 20:49

What is contraception

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 March 2018 20:50

Hi there, thank you for your question. Check out our articles on Contraception-When should I start and https://bwisehealth.com/article/how-do-i-choose-the-best-contraceptive-method-for-me



Anonymous 6 March 2018 20:38

If i use contraceptives will i gain weight or lose

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 March 2018 10:53

Hi there, thank you for your question. Contraceptives can cause different side effects and it can be different for each person. It also depends on what type of contraception you use, some of them can cause you to gain a bit of weight but not very much. This can be managed by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly



Anonymous 6 March 2018 20:37

Would u get pregnant if u had unprotected sex and u missed ur contraception that day?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 March 2018 10:53

Hi, thank you for your question. Yes, it is possible for you to get pregnant if you have skipped your oral contraceptive that day. If you think you may be pregnant, you can get a pregnancy test at a pharmacy or get tested at your local clinic. You can use our Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you.



Anonymous 6 March 2018 20:32

When to start contraceptives.

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 March 2018 20:35

Hi there thank you for your question. Check out our article on Contraception- When should I start



Anonymous 6 March 2018 20:30

I have a yellow discharge but it's not smelling and I am sleeping with one partner .

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 March 2018 10:52

Hi, thank you for your question. It is possible that the discharge can be caused by an STI (sexually transmitted infection) even if you have one sexual partner. It would be best for you to get checked by a doctor or a nurse at your local clinic so they can tell you exactly what it is. You can use our Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you. Remember to always use a condom every time you have sex, even after you have been treated.  



Anonymous 5 March 2018 15:03

im thinking of being an egg donor dont wanna make a wrong decision will that affect me in future as in can i have fertility complications not get pregnant?

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 March 2018 15:05

Hi Anonymous, becoming an egg donor is not an easy decision. It’s important you are told everything about the risks and side effects before you agree to it. There may be a chance that the medication you would need to use to become an egg donor may have side effects, and you would have to go under anaesthesia (be put to sleep) for the eggs to be removed. Some women have had more complications in their pregnancies after becoming egg donors, but fertility problems are not one of the most common problems for egg donors. 




Anonymous 1 March 2018 23:18

I just what to know that when you hade sex then see the period after a month that means you a pregnant

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 March 2018 10:23

Hi there, thank you for your question. It’s possible that you could be pregnant. It would be best for you to get a pregnancy test to be sure. If you can’t buy a pregnancy test, you can visit your local clinic to get tested. If you are not pregnant, the doctor or nurse will be able to find out why you are not getting your period. You can use our Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you.



Anonymous 1 March 2018 11:41

What causes flu?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 13:03

Hi there, thank you for your question. There are many different causes of flu for example staying outside in the cold, or if you sit near someone that has the flu it is possible for you to catch the flu. It is best for you to visit a local clinic to get checked out and treated for the flu. 



Anonymous 28 February 2018 20:36

I am a HIV nagative, recently I had a sexual intercourse with a HIV positive person whose on the ART. We condomised by using trust condoms and I was health conscious. Is there any chance of getting HIV when using condom correctly? Is there any chance of getting HIV when vagina sperm touched your scrotum or even fingers when trying to remove condom after used?

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 April 2018 13:41

Hi, thank you for your question. It sounds as if you are doing the right things to prevent contracting HIV.  If your partner has an ‘undetectable’ viral load, then the chance of you contracting HIV from her is very very small .In order to have an undetectable viral load, she must use her medication every day as prescribed by her healthcare worker and she must also attend all her clinic appointments. If she does not know what her viral load is, she can ask her healthcare worker for this information.

If you do not have any fresh wounds (such as cuts) on your fingers or scrotum then any HIV that may be in her vaginal secretions(discharge) will not be able to enter your body

Remember to  continue to use a condom correctly with every sexual encounter. Remember to test for HIV regularly (every 3 months)



Anonymous 28 February 2018 09:47

Pls show me step to heal flu.

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 March 2018 14:44

Hi Anonymous. A cold will get better on its own if you rest and treat the symptoms, but if you have flu, it’s important that you treat it quickly. If you have a cold, you may have a blocked nose, sneezing, coughing or headaches, but flu is worse, and it happens quite suddenly. You would usually have a high fever, painful cough, a very sore body, sore throat and a blocked or runny nose. Flu can be treated with medications called antivirals (e.g. Tamiflu), but it is best if you see a doctor or a nurse for further help. You can find your nearest clinic here




Anonymous 28 February 2018 09:46

i want to ask if you have a new born baby and you want to remove yr teeth because you feel pain it is fine or not?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 March 2018 14:34


Hi Anonymous, sorry to hear about how you’re feeling. Removing your teeth will not harm your new-born baby. There aren’t too many medications you can take if you are breastfeeding, but go to your nearest clinic and check with a doctor or nurse what you are allowed to take. Pain medications like Panado and mouthwashes like Andolex-C are fine if you’re not allergic to them, and they will also not harm your baby if you are breastfeeding.  You can find your nearest clinic here. Our article Taking care of your teeth can also give you more information about how you can look after your teeth. Feel better soon.  





Anonymous 28 February 2018 09:46

i want to ask if you have a new born baby and you want to remove yr teeth because you feel pain it is fine or not?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 11:38

Hi, thank you for your question. It is best for you to visit your local clinic and get checked by a local dentist



Anonymous 27 February 2018 20:50

hello,I have started arvs 3months back and taking the tb prevention pills.i got attacked by blocked nose last week and yesterday I had terrible headache until today and when I try to take out the mucus on the throat I end up vomiting,what could be the cause?is this something to do with meds?or HIV?

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 March 2018 12:18

Hi Anonymous. Sorry to hear you’re feeling this way. Because you have been taking the medication for 3 months, it’s probably not the medication that’s giving you these symptoms. It sounds like you may have an infection. Although you are using medication, you can still catch illnesses. It’s best if you visit your local clinic to seek further help and remember to let the healthcare worker know that you are using ARVs and medication to prevent TB. Hope you feel better soon!




Anonymous 27 February 2018 16:32

Why male need circumcision.

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 February 2018 16:35

Hi Anonymous, male circumcision has a lot of benefits, which includes reducing your chances of getting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Read our articles, All the facts about medical male circumcision exposed and Circumcision and condom use to learn more about male circumcision.




Anonymous 27 February 2018 16:22

If u sleep with a male cm circumcision what can I use 2 protect my slf.

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 February 2018 16:26

Hi Anonymous, the best option you can use to protect yourself during sex is to use a condom. Take a look here to know more about how you can protect yourself from STIs and HIV. You can also read articles in our KNOW YOUR BODY section for more information.

 




Anonymous 27 February 2018 13:18

What to do to prevent yourself from getting pregnant?

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 February 2018 13:37

Hi Anonymous, there are lots of options available for you that can help prevent pregnancy. Please read our article Different kinds of contraceptives to prevent pregnancy for more information. It’s also a good idea to visit your local clinic to get further advice on your options. You can find your nearest clinic here.




Anonymous 27 February 2018 10:57

How do I take care of HIV.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 13:24

Hi, thank you for your question. You can take a look at out section on HIV to find out more information https://bwisehealth.com/category/hiv 



Anonymous 26 February 2018 18:20

I want to do a circumcision.

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 February 2018 13:13


Hi there, it is good that you want to take this step. You can start by reading these two articles which will give you information on medical male circumcision: All the facts about medical male circumcision exposed; Medical male circumcision: What to expect. It is also a good idea to go to your local clinic to get further help. You can find your nearest clinic here.





Anonymous 26 February 2018 14:15

im thinking of being an egg donor dont wanna make a wrong decision will that affect me in future as in can i have fertility complications not get pregnant?

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 February 2018 08:24

Hi there - sorry you are having pains! It is not normal for sex to be painful, and there could be many different causes, depending where the pain is, what your gender is, what other symptoms you have, and other factors. It's an issue that a nurse or doctor would need to check you for. Be sure to tell them if you have any sores, or bleeding, or discharge. It's best to go to your nearest clinic for a proper check, so you can get the help and treatment you need.




Anonymous 26 February 2018 10:25

I have pains during sex I want to know y.

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 February 2018 11:56

Hi there - sorry you are having pains! It is not normal for sex to be painful, and there could be many different causes, depending where the pain is, what your gender is, what other symptoms you have, and other factors. It's an issue that a nurse or doctor would need to check you for. Be sure to tell them if you have any sores, or bleeding, or discharge. It's best to go to your nearest clinic for a proper check, so you can get the help and treatment you need.

 




Anonymous 23 February 2018 23:54

How does a healthy vagina smell like?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 13:52

Hi thank you for your question, you can read our article on How to keep your vagina healthy  



Anonymous 23 February 2018 23:52

Does your diet have an effect on how your vagina smells?

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 March 2018 15:10

Hi Anonymous. Your diet should not affect the smell of your vagina. When the smell of the vagina changes to a bad smell, it is usually a sign that there may be an infection. It’s best if you visit your local clinic to seek further help. You can also read this article: How to keep your vagina healthy to give you a few tips on how to keep your vagina healthy. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. 




Anonymous 22 February 2018 14:44

Why boy have sores on their penis?

B-Wise Expert Expert 22 February 2018 14:46

Hi Anonymous, the sores you are talking about might be pearly penile papules, which are common in uncircumcised boys and men. They are not sexually transmitted and have no risk of becoming cancerous.

However, if there are sores, a discharge, pain or itchiness, we recommend you visit your nearest clinic to get checked. You can find your local clinic here.



Anonymous 22 February 2018 11:25

What are the symptoms of pregnancy?

B-Wise Expert Expert 22 February 2018 11:29

Hi there, good question! Here’s what happens to you during pregnancy: What to expect from pregnancy


Anonymous 20 February 2018 17:15

i dnt feel well i sweat a lot.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 February 2018 17:44

Hi there, sweating a lot can be caused by different illnesses. Please visit your local clinic to get checked by a nurse or doctor. You can find your nearest clinic here.



Anonymous 20 February 2018 17:13

Why should we as people have to do sex?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 February 2018 17:15

Hi there. People have sex for many reasons, but if you do have sex, it should be your choice. Thinking about having sex? Learn more here.



Anonymous 19 February 2018 11:58

If you are preg, and bleeding without any pains.. and u even went to hospital bt it u this bleeding is not stoping wat does it mean?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 12:53

Hi there, thank you for your question. It would be best for you to go to the local clinic and get checked by a doctor or nurse. They will examine you and tell you what the problem may be, they will also give you the right treatment. You can use the Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you.



Anonymous 19 February 2018 11:35

What is the meaning of HIV/AIDS and what are the symptoms

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 February 2018 11:38

Hi there, HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Aids stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Learn more here.



Anonymous 18 February 2018 23:57

Hey, i have been sharp pains on my teeth (molar) that comes and go.what other options do i have except tooth extraction

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 February 2018 18:03

Hi anonymous, there are many possible causes of tooth pain, and it is difficult to say what would be needed without knowing what is causing the pain. How it will be treated depends on the cause. Sometimes fillings or other treatments may be what’s needed, and not extraction. The best idea would be to go to a dentist for them to check properly what is going on, and they will be able to explain the different options to you.



Anonymous 16 February 2018 20:28

Can u tell me when u sleep with ur girlfriend and after she go to the police she said u rape him what am are sapost to do.

B-Wise Expert Expert 16 February 2018 20:29

Hi, thank you for your question. This is a difficult situation! It's important to know that before you and your girlfriend have sex you both need to give consent (meaning both of you need to say "yes" to having sex). If one of you says no, they are not ready to have sex and if you still have sex after the person said no, that is called rape. To understand more about rape, you can take a look at our article: https://bwisehealth.com/article/rape-it-could-be-a-stranger-or-a-friend. If you feel like you need to talk or you need support, call Lifeline on 0861 322 322. 



Anonymous 16 February 2018 10:48

do i have long time to live.

B-Wise Expert Expert 16 February 2018 10:50

Hi, thanks for your question. Being HIV positive can be hard sometimes, but it does not mean your life is over: http://ow.ly/bxzi30iraPX



Anonymous 15 February 2018 18:17

How to treat this pimple that is closed to my penis and what is this symptom of pimples near penis?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 February 2018 12:20

Hi there. Thanks for the question. It could be a pimple or it could be a skin lesion (skin injury). It would be best for you to visit your local clinic and get checked out by a doctor or a nurse so they can tell you exactly what the problem may be. They will also give you the treatment that you will need. You can use our Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you.



Anonymous 15 February 2018 18:16

My period are heavy is it normal?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 16 February 2018 11:36

Hi there, heavy periods are normal if it’s normal for you – but if your period has become a lot heavier lately or you are bleeding for more than 7 days, go to your closest clinic and ask a nurse or a doctor for a checkup. Check out these menstruation facts: http://ow.ly/X2ay30irbgV



Anonymous 15 February 2018 18:16

What is happening when you don't have an appetite for food? .

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 February 2018 12:29

Hi, and thank you for your question. There are many different reasons why you may not have an appetite. If you are losing weight or if you are sick, then not having an appetite may be a problem. If you want to increase your appetite, try to drink at least 2 litres of water a day and do lots of exercise. If you have any other symptoms or if your appetite doesn’t improve after doing exercise, it’s best for you to see a nurse or a doctor at your local clinic. 



Anonymous 14 February 2018 18:43

wl my baby be infected?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 February 2018 12:05

Hi there, thank you for your question. If you mean you'd like to protect your baby from getting HIV if you are HIV positive, you can take a look at this article: I am HIV positive. Can I have kids?

If you meant, can STIs infect your baby? The answer is yes. STIs can have a bad effect on your baby and may cause a miscarriage, depending on what STI it is. It would be best for you to visit your local clinic so you can get checked out by a doctor or a nurse and get the right treatment.



Anonymous 14 February 2018 11:08

I had a child 2 years back and I breastfed her for 4 months but my breasts still have milk like before.

B-Wise Expert Expert 14 February 2018 11:09

Hi there, thank you for your question. It would be best for you to visit your local clinic and get checked by a nurse or a doctor so they can find out why you still have breast milk and they can give you the right treatment. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. 



Anonymous 14 February 2018 11:05

What gona heppen you have sex alot.

B-Wise Expert Expert 14 February 2018 11:07

Hi there, thank you for your question. Check out our section on Basics of S.E.X



Anonymous 12 February 2018 22:35

what is the meaning of sex.

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 February 2018 22:37

Hi thank you for your question. Take a look at our article on

Sex on your mind? Are you ready?



Anonymous 12 February 2018 22:33

so tell me now i want to having sex with my boyfried want can i do.

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 February 2018 22:34

Hi there, thank you for your question. Take a look at our article on If I'm HIV positive, what does it mean for my future?



Anonymous 12 February 2018 16:21

How can i live health..wth HIV??.

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 February 2018 16:27

Hi thank you for your question. Check out our articles on https://bwisehealth.com/article/i-tested-hiv-positive-what-do-i-do-now and https://bwisehealth.com/article/eat-well-to-stay-well-healthy-food-healthy-life



Anonymous 12 February 2018 16:15

What are the symptoms of STI's?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 February 2018 16:17

Hi thank you for your question. Check out our article on https://bwisehealth.com/article/-i-have-a-discharge-do-i-have-an-sti-



Anonymous 12 February 2018 14:31

Hi. I have a problem with having sex. I'm still a virgin but I'm definitely ready to have sex but everytime I try with my partner, I'm too tight. He doesn't get to get in. It's been the same for 2 years. We have foreplay but it still doesn't help. Could I have a problem? How do I solve it?

B-Wise Expert Expert 13 April 2018 12:58

Hi, thank you for your question, many women have similar struggles.  This can be caused by different factors. The vagina is a flexible, muscular canal that can stretch, but it can also contract (get tight)  when you are tense and anxious and cause difficulty with penetration.  Not being lubricated enough is another reason why penetration may be difficult.

Some women also have a condition called Vaginismus, which is an involuntary tightening of the muscles around the outer third of the vagina.  This can cause  pain during sex. 

It is best for you to visit a counsellor, psychologist or a nurse at your local clinic, they may help you more in this matter. 



Anonymous 11 February 2018 22:20

Hi...i want to know that if yu hve got cancer in your whomb...it wil be painful??.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 13:40

Hi there, thank you for your question. It would be best for you to go to the local clinic and get checked by a doctor or nurse. They will examine you and tell you what the problem may be, they will also give you the right treatment. You can use the Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you.



Anonymous 11 February 2018 22:18

What dd u du if u are hiv and u want a child?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 February 2018 22:19

Hi there, thank you for your question. Check out our article on https://bwisehealth.com/article/if-i-m-hiv-positive-can-i-have-kids



Anonymous 9 February 2018 15:45

Hi i have this foul smell in my private part that keeps coming back what should i do

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 February 2018 12:11

Hi anonymous, foul smells from the ‘private parts’ could be a symptom of a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It’s best to have it treated by a doctor or nurse at the clinic. They’ll give you some treatment to help clear it out.



Anonymous 8 February 2018 18:08

Why should i have something like pimples at my private part?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 February 2018 11:12

Hi, pimples on your private parts could be caused by different things, like STIs or ingrown hair. It's best you go see a nurse or a doctor, and they will be able to tell you what could be the cause of these pimples. You can find your nearest clinic here.



Anonymous 6 February 2018 17:45

I have rush inside my vagina and when I intercourse it is painful and I have been coming 2 clinic and it doesn't get better.

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 February 2018 17:57

Hi, a rash inside your vagina and pain during sex could be caused by different kinds of infections. Please go back to your nearest clinic and ask to be checked by a doctor or nurse. You can report good or bad clinic service directly to the Department of Health here 



Anonymous 6 February 2018 15:08

Who should I see if I have signs of depression but sometimes it get better.

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 February 2018 15:11

Hi, Please check out our Help & Support section on bwisehealth.com and get all the help you need on depression and other mental issues: http://ow.ly/cYCd30iedmx 



Anonymous 2 February 2018 18:23

What is sex.

B-Wise Expert Expert 2 February 2018 18:23

Hi there, thank you for your question check out our article on https://bwisehealth.com/article/sex-on-the-mind-are-you-ready



Anonymous 2 February 2018 12:30

Why do I normally bleed but I am on family planning.

B-Wise Expert Expert 2 February 2018 18:37

Hi there, thank you for your question. A lot of people still have periods even though they are taking family planning (contraceptives). It depends on the type of contraceptives that you use and their side effects. It would be best to visit your local clinic to talk to a doctor or a nurse about different family planning options, and they can help you decide which would be best for you. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you.



Anonymous 30 January 2018 10:35

How to quite smoking I need help.

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 January 2018 10:37

Hi , thank you for your question. Check out our article on https://bwisehealth.com/article/how-to-quit-smoking



Anonymous 30 January 2018 10:21

How do u see tht gal is pregnent.

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 January 2018 10:35

Hi there

Thank you for your question. Take a look at our article on https://bwisehealth.com/article/what-to-expect-from-pregnancy



Anonymous 26 January 2018 17:43

So if jou dnt use condoms what will happen

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 January 2018 17:45

Hi there, thank you for your question.

Check out our article on https://bwisehealth.com/article/what-to-do-if-you-have-unprotected-sex



Anonymous 23 January 2018 17:06

I have discharge problems.

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 January 2018 17:10

Hi there, thank you for your question. Discharge can be caused by a few things depending on what the problem is. It is best that you go to your local clinic to get checked by a doctor a nurse so they will tell you what the problem may be and they will give you the right treatment. You can use our clinic finder to help you find a clinic near you 



Anonymous 23 January 2018 10:54

If I want to conceive what do I do.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 12:55

Having a baby is a big life decision to make. You need to make sure your family/partner would be able to support you and that you can afford to have a baby. You and your partner should also both be tested for HIV and make sure you are in good health. You can visit a nurse at the local clinic and they will be able to tell you what you can do to help you conceive. 



Anonymous 23 January 2018 10:46

I have a problem , when I urinate I feel pain ,and my urine is yellow . And there is something like a semen coming out from my penis ,its something like a semen or mensturation . What caused this? They gave me an injection and 2 tablets to take @clinic . Is this the only step they take to treat this ? Please help

B-Wise Expert Expert 24 January 2018 15:37

Hi there, thank you for your question. It would be best for you to go back to the clinic and get checked by a doctor or a nurse as it is possible that you have an STI. It is also important that you tell your sexual partners to go to the clinic to get checked out as well because they may be infected even if they don’t have the same symptoms you have. You and your partners should avoid having sex until you have been checked by a doctor. Don’t forget to get tested for HIV because having an STI gives you a higher risk of contracting HIV. If you are HIV positive, having an STI gives you a bigger chance of you transmitting HIV to your sexual partners. Remember to use a condom every time you have sex, to protect against STIs.



Anonymous 22 January 2018 18:06

How long is a normal pregnancy.

B-Wise Expert Expert 22 January 2018 18:06

Hi there, thank you for your question a normal pregnancy lasts from 37 weeks to 40 weeks, if you count from the first day of your last normal period . This is just a bit more than 9 months.



Anonymous 22 January 2018 16:59

I gave birth 6weeks ago and during birth I bled profusely and now I have been on my periods or been bleeding ever since giving birth.Is it normal?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 January 2018 16:46

Hi there, thank you for your question. It is not normal to bleed for 6 weeks non-stop. It is possible that there could be some of the after-birth still left in the wound, or the bleeding could be due to hormonal imbalances. It is best that you visit a clinic near you so you can get examined by a doctor or a nurse. You can use our Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you. 



Anonymous 18 January 2018 10:48

What cn i use to gain wait?

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 January 2018 15:47

To gain weight you need to follow a healthy and balanced diet, ensuring that you are eating enough protein as well as three meals a day. If you are feeling concerned, please speak to your nurse or doctor for other possible reasons as to why you are not able to gain weight. Also check this article and it will help you to make the right choice, which will suitable for you. 

https://bwisehealth.com/article/bodies-are-different-whats-your-shape



Angelique 18 January 2018 10:24

is it possible to fall pregnant while breastfeeding and on petogen?

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 January 2018 11:28

It is unlikely that you would fall pregnant while using petogen, even during breastfeeding. Remember that petogen will prevent pregnancy, but does not protect against STIs and HIV. You should still use condoms as well.



Angelique 18 January 2018 10:20

is it possible to fall pregnant while breastfeeding and on petogen?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 10:14

It is unlikely that you would fall pregnant while using petogen, even during breastfeeding. Remember that petogen will prevent pregnancy, but does not protect against STIs and HIV. You should still use condoms as well



Anonymous 17 January 2018 15:57

What is A.R.V

B-Wise Expert Expert 17 January 2018 15:58

Thank you for your question. Here is an article on HIV, which also explains what ARVs are and how they work.

https://bwisehealth.com/article/have-more-questions-about-hiv



Anonymous 16 January 2018 15:58

Does watermelon contribute to healthy

B-Wise Expert Expert 16 January 2018 16:27

Thank you for your question. Fruit is healthy if you eat it in moderation, and if it's part of a balanced diet. For more about how to eat healthy and balance your diet, click here: https://bwisehealth.com/article/eat-well-to-stay-well-healthy-food-healthy-life



Anonymous 16 January 2018 11:07

For the last 5mouths i have pains in my back is getting wors day by day now is hard to move my legs and wen i seat down is very painful or wen i stand up

B-Wise Expert Expert 16 January 2018 14:24

Hi, this sounds serious! It is important that you go to your nearest health care facility so you can get the right diagnosis and treatment



Anonymous 16 January 2018 11:07

It is possible that an implant could be the one that cause your periods to be repeated again and again?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 17 January 2018 22:36

Contraceptives, especially those that work for a longer time such as the implant, are really important for us as they allow us to take more control of our lives by giving us some power over when we want to have children. They can, however, have some side-effects, which some women don’t experience or find to be a problem, while others do. One of the known side-effects of the implant contraceptive is that it can affect your periods. It could cause them to come less often or more often, or to be heavier or lighter than before, or to have spotting in-between periods. Side-effects may improve with time or some side-effects remain. If you feel your bleeding is too heavy/prolonged, or have any other concerns about what you are experiencing, you can visit your nearest clinic/doctor for them to give you more information. Also remember that contraceptives protect you against pregnancy and not sexually transmitted infections, so its always a good idea to use your chosen contraceptive method plus condoms.



Anonymous 16 January 2018 11:07

I took a 3 months injection for family planning last month and l didn't see my periods both last month and this month,is it normal or its a possibili.

B-Wise Expert Expert 16 January 2018 11:22

There are 2 types of injection that have that effect, Depo-Provera or Noristerate, which you can get every 2 or 3 months. The effect of this can be that the body stops producing eggs and you don’t get your period. But that doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with your body. It is normal.

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Anonymous 16 January 2018 11:07

Are pains beneath a pregnant woman's tummy normal?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 16 January 2018 15:43

Pains around your tummy area in pregnancy can have a few different causes, including ‘practice contractions’ (known as ‘Braxton-Hicks contractions’), real contractions (when labour starts), problems with internal organs (such as the appendix), urinary tract infections and many others. If you are pregnant and experience pains in your tummy, please go to your nearest health facility so you can be checked by a healthcare provider and given the care you need. 



Anonymous 16 January 2018 11:06

How to prevent HIV.

B-Wise Expert Expert 16 January 2018 11:18

Dear Anonynous, thank you for this important question! Here are two informative articles that will help in answering your question:

https://bwisehealth.com/article/hiv-aids-get-smart-know-the-facts and https://bwisehealth.com/article/find-out-how-you-get-hiv-stay-safe

Don't forget to sign up on B-Wise, where you can read as many health related articles as you want and ask questions, and all this won't use your data, as B-Wise is FREE!




Anonymous 16 January 2018 11:06

Wt to use if u r hic positive,& u want to loose weight the health way.

B-Wise Expert Expert 17 January 2018 22:34

Congrats on choosing to live your life in a healthy way! In general, to help one stay at a healthy weight, a person should eat a balanced diet that has different food groups in it, making sure they eat enough vegetables and fruit, try and limit the amount of ‘junk’/processed foods such as cakes, sweets, chocolates and sugary foods, limit salt intake, to drink enough water and follow a healthy exercise routine, such as walking or going to gym regularly. If you have concerns about your weight, need advise on exercise that is right for your, or just want to find out more, you can get more information from your clinic/doctor on how to check what is a good weight for your, how to incorporate the right foods into your diet, and the right portions of different foods to choose. They can also advise if there are any specific things you could do, considering any other health factors you have 



Anonymous 16 January 2018 11:06

Wana ask about feeling heat inside my breast.could it be cancer symptoms?

B-Wise Expert Expert 16 January 2018 14:33

There are a few possible causes for this, including hormonal changes (sometimes to do with your periods), growths in the breast (which could be cancer but also may not be), or problems with your skin or muscles. It's best to go to your closest clinic or hospital to see a healthcare provider, who can help you to understand what the problem is and what treatment you need.



Anonymous 16 January 2018 11:05

is there any effect if someone doesnt take some arvs for 2 or 3 days.

B-Wise Expert Expert 16 January 2018 11:10

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for this very important question! It’s best for you to take your ARV tablets at the same time every day because this prevents viral replication (multiplication of the virus). If you take your medication late, the virus starts replicating and the viral load can start going up. But even when you are late, you still have to take your treatment, better late than not at all! Just make sure you are not late very often.



Anonymous 12 January 2018 12:23

How can we stop HIV/ AIDS.

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 January 2018 12:25

Hi there, thank you for your question. Check out our article on https://bwisehealth.com/article/find-out-how-you-get-hiv-stay-safe



Anonymous 11 January 2018 21:47

Hi!I have problm i have a blister that came inside my'valvu and last for days and disapper and come back so i want to knw wat could be the problem my hiv.

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 January 2018 09:55

Hi there, thank you for your question. This could be an STI (sexually transmitted infection). It would be best for you to go to your local clinic to get checked by a nurse or a doctor. You can use the Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you. 



Anonymous 9 January 2018 13:27

Is it safe to drink pills for abortion.

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 April 2018 17:30

Hi there, thank you for your question. It would be best for you to visit you doctor or nurse at your local clinic and they will give you the correct information 



Anonymous 9 January 2018 13:26

Most of girl are falling pregnant because of boys condoms are basting when they are having sex....so how many chances of girls to get pregnant when they .

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 January 2018 14:01

Hi, thank you for your question. If a condom is used properly and it's not expired, it usually won't break. Check out our article on how to use a male condom. https://bwisehealth.com/article/how-to-use-a-male-condom But remember, it's always best to use dual protection when you have sex, so even if the condom breaks you are still protected against pregnancy. 



Anonymous 9 January 2018 13:26

Each and every time my boyfriend use condom when we have sex but after that I got rash in my vagina.what can I use to stop this infection? Help me please.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 January 2018 14:03

Hi, thank you for your question. It’s great that you and your boyfriend are using condoms every time you have sex - it’s a good way to prevent STIs and unwanted pregnancies. You can go to the clinic near you to talk to a nurse or a doctor about using a different form of contraception as well as condoms (dual protection). In terms of the rash, it would be best for you to visit a clinic near you so they can do an examination. They can tell you the causes of the rash and give you the right treatment. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you, and don’t forget to rate the clinic you have chosen to use. 



Anonymous 9 January 2018 13:26

When you don't drink your medication what will happen to you.

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 January 2018 10:00

If you are taking chronic medication and you stop using it, it can cause your disease to get worse. For example, if you are taking medication for high blood pressure and you stop taking your medication, your blood pressure will stay high and that can cause damage to your kidneys, and it can cause blindness or a stroke.

If you are taking medication for HIV, not taking your medication means the virus will again start to grow in your body. If the amount of virus (viral load) is high in your body, your CD4 count will start to go down. If your CD4 count is low, you are at risk of getting HIV-related diseases such as TB, pneumonia and even HIV-related cancers. And even if you start to take your medication again, it may not work properly anymore. 



Anonymous 9 January 2018 12:34

I want to know how to use female condom.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 January 2018 13:28

Hi there, thank you for your question. Check out our article on https://bwisehealth.com/article/how-to-use-the-female-condom



Anonymous 8 January 2018 11:12

The doctors are afraid to touch mw.

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 January 2018 11:30

Hi there. Thank you for your question. When you see a healthcare worker it is important that you trust the person and you feel comfortable with the person during your pregnancy. If you have a bad experience you can report your experience on the Clinic Finder. If you want to see a different healthcare worker you can use the Clinic Finder to find another clinic near you. You can also take a look at our article on Know your rights! Consenting to health services



Anonymous 8 January 2018 11:05

What if i sleep with some one after i fall pregnant what can i do.

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 January 2018 12:38

Hi. Thank you for your question. People can have sex when they are pregnant, as long as you are both comfortable and not in any pain. Its best for you to use a condom every time you have sex because you can still get an STI when you are pregnant and this can harm you or your baby. You can ask a healthcare worker about what is safe for you during pregnancy.



Anonymous 8 January 2018 10:53

If I may ask how must I get a flat stomach when I have fat stomach .

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 January 2018 11:03

Hi. Thank you for your question.  Check out our  https://bwisehealth.com/category/get-fit on how you can get into shape.



Anonymous 8 January 2018 10:53

I have a chicken pocks how can a cure it ??.

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 January 2018 10:11

Hi there, thank you for your question. You can get medicine from a doctor or a clinic to make you feel better and to make it go away quicker, but it will take time (up to 2 weeks) before you fully recover. If you go near people it’s possible for them to get the disease as well. So while you have the rash, it is best to stay away from babies, people who have never have chicken pox before and people who have weak immune systems (like people who are HIV-positive). It’s also best that you try not to scratch, because it can leave scars if you do. You can use the Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you, and don’t forget to rate the clinic you have chosen after your visit.



Anonymous 8 January 2018 10:44

How does one tell her boyfriend that she's positive?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 January 2018 11:31

Hi there, thank you for your question. It's a good idea to share your status with your partner but only if you feel safe. It's important that you know the risks and benefits so speak to a counselor at the clinic to help you. It is also best to tell a friend or a trusted adult first before you tell your partner about your status. 



Ntsiki 6 January 2018 22:10

Hi I last took the nur isterate injection in July 2017 and went to the doctor in September 2017 told her I want to quit the injection and she gave me the faymor(7 red and many white) pills I got my period normally in October 2017 and I have had unprotected sex 10 times since then.From November 2017 till now I haven't received my period took a clear blue pregnancy test on the 30th November 2017 result negative Dr what is wrong with me

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 April 2018 17:39

Hi, thank you for your question. It is best for you to visit your local clinic so you can get checked by a nurse or a doctor, they will check you up and they will give you the right treatment if you need it. 



Anonymous 5 January 2018 17:01

I Dnt cum during sex should I be worried?

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2018 12:04

Hi Anonymous, thanks for your question. Whether you reach orgasm during sex depends on many things. There are lots of factors that could make it more difficult, like:

·         Medical conditions, such as diabetes.

·         The use of certain medications, particularly for depression.

·         Feeling shy or nervous.

·         Guilt about enjoying sexual activity.

·         Sexual abuse in the past.

·         Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety.

·         Stress.

·         Poor self-esteem (feeling bad about yourself).

·         Relationship issues, like problems with trust.

·         Any surgery in your reproductive system.

It’s best to go to your nearest clinic or a doctor to find out what the issue could be. You can also read this article if you want to learn more about how to have an orgasm.



Anonymous 19 December 2017 13:17

What is pep?

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 December 2017 13:20

Hi, Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a short course (28 days) of anti-retroviral medication that is taken soon (within 72 hours) after exposure to HIV to reduce the chance of contracting HIV.



Anonymous 19 December 2017 13:17

is it okay smoking while having a lung and heart diseases??????.

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 December 2017 13:18

Hi, thank you for your question.  It would be best if you stay away from smoking especially if you have lung and heart disease, because it can really harm your health.



Anonymous 19 December 2017 13:16

Do older pupil get worms, like children? If yes, what are the symptoms.

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 December 2017 13:17

Hi, thank you for your question. Yes, older people can get infected with worms. Some of the symptoms include rectal itchiness (itchy bum), abdominal pain, colic, cramps, nausea, fever, blood in your stool (poo), a loss of appetite or an itchy rash. If you have any of these symptoms, it would be best to get checked by a doctor or nurse at your local clinic. 



Anonymous 19 December 2017 13:14

If you are HIV u can u drink alcohol and smoke.

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 December 2017 13:15

Hi there. Thank you for your interesting question. It’s best to try to avoid drinking alcohol or smoking if you have HIV, as it has a few health risks.


Anonymous 19 December 2017 11:58

What are the signs of S T I in a women?

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 December 2017 12:09

Hi, check out our STI section on B-Wise and learn more about STIs here: http://ow.ly/P3uK30hjuzL



Anonymous 19 December 2017 11:44

My eye is blocked what must I do cos is three days now since I come from the pool.

B-Wise Expert Expert 13 April 2018 13:02

Hi, thank you for your question. 

It sounds as though you are suffering from conjunctivitis. It would be best for you go to you local clinic or pharmacy to receive some drops to treat it.

In the meantime, please make sure you wash your hands after touching your eye or face and try not to spread the infection to your other eye.



Anonymous 19 December 2017 11:43

What AIDS stand for?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 December 2017 11:55

Hi, AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/EJia30hju81



Anonymous 18 December 2017 10:05

I have a problem with my partner and l don't know how to solve it.

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 December 2017 10:07

Hi thank you for your question. The best way to solve your problem with your partner is to talk to you partner about what is bothering you. By talking to your partner, it allows for better communication in your relationship. If by any chance you feel unsafe talking to your partner about your problem, its best to tell a trusted adult or a friend you trust first before you tell your partner. 



BWise Moderators 17 December 2017 11:01

A Facebook user asked: Is it possible to buy oral contraceptives over the counter at any pharmacy?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 13:33

Hi, thank you for your question. Yes, it is possible to buy oral contraceptives over the counter at a pharmacy



Anonymous 16 December 2017 21:02

Wat if the moment i visit the toilet passing out urine i hear the pain on my vagina .

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 March 2018 11:29

Hi, thank you for your question. There are many different medical reasons why it may be painful or why you get a burning feeling when you pee. It can be related to the bladder or the vagina, and it could be caused by infections, sores or injuries. It would be best for you to visit a doctor or a nurse at your local clinic to get checked and to get the treatment that you need. You can use the Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you.  



Anonymous 16 December 2017 20:47

Is it safe to watch porn videos?

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 March 2018 20:52

Hi there, thank you for your question. It is normal to be interested and curious about sex, although it depends on how, when and what kind of porn you watch. Many people use porn just to enjoy themselves on their own or with a partner who enjoys it too. But some people become addicted to watching porn, which is not healthy, and there are some types of porn that are illegal - for example, child porn. This type of porn is definitely not good for you or anyone else.



Anonymous 15 December 2017 16:29

So plz help me i have sti so i am scade to go to the clinic.

B-Wise Expert Expert 16 December 2017 20:29

Thank you for your question. STIs can be treated, but you need to visit your nearest doctor or clinic to get treatment. Read our article STI questions? All the answers... to know more about STIs. You should not be embarrassed or scared to seek help from your health provider. In fact, you can report the kind of service you receive when you visit your health provider by rating the service on B-Wise’s Clinic Finder  



Anonymous 15 December 2017 13:47

How can I be protected from TB.

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 December 2017 13:50

Thank you for your question. Yes, you can protect yourself from catching TB. Read our article Ways to avoid catching TB to learn how.  



Anonymous 15 December 2017 13:16

If someone have HIV what i have to do.

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 December 2017 13:21

Hi there, please read our article I tested HIV positive, what do I do now? and learn more about what you can do  when you test positive. 



Anonymous 15 December 2017 13:12

Wat is happening when you are a female having a discharge.

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 December 2017 13:14

Hi, thank you for your question. The cause of a vaginal discharge can be because of a sexually transmitted infection or due to thrush. If you are sexually active and not using condoms, it may mean that you have an infection. This means you and your partner(s) need to be treated for the STI, otherwise if you only treat yourself and not you partner(s), there is still a risk of getting the infection again. It is best you visit your nearest clinic for a check-up. For more information please read “What is vaginal thrush or a yeast infection?



Anonymous 15 December 2017 12:32

How much the VL must reach?

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 December 2017 12:34

The aim of ARVs is to get a low viral load (100 or less). The best viral load result is undetectable. It doesn’t mean you are HIV negative, but there is so little HIV in your blood that the test can’t pick it up.  In your first year of treatment, you should have your viral load tested every 6 months. After that, clinics usually test viral loads once a year. BUT if your viral load is higher than what it should be, then it will need to be repeated sooner. Getting your viral load tested is the only way to know for sure how much HIV is in your body. And knowing gives you power! Even if your viral load is high, it means you can do something about it. Ask your nurse or doctor when you are getting your next viral load test done, and don’t be afraid to remind them when it’s time to test. 




Anonymous 15 December 2017 12:14

If ur have a hiv what sins.

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 December 2017 12:39

Hi, thanks for your question. Check out our article Can you tell that someone is HIV positive just by looking at them to find out more.




Anonymous 11 December 2017 12:13

How do you notice that you have the virus .

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 December 2017 12:57

Hi, thanks for your question. Check out our article Can you tell that someone is HIV positive just by looking at them to find out more.



Philani 8 December 2017 18:21

I am new to this page but I have a question that has been bothering me for a while, where can one test for men infertility and how much does it cost? Thing is I slept with more than 4 girls without a condom and none of them got pregnant, that makes me think im infertily.

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 April 2018 19:34

1.       Hi Anonyms, fertility testing for men can be done at any public tertiary hospital. But there are a few basics to rule out before jumping to fertility testing. Having sex without a condom doesn’t always result in pregnancy. The woman’s menstrual cycle will determine whether it’s the right time to conceive or not. A couple is only infertile if they can’t get pregnant after 12 months of regular sex without contraceptives. Once this has been ruled out, you can then seek fertility testing.



Anonymous 6 December 2017 13:50

Hello, I have a rash around the opening of my vagina and it's now spreading around my clitoris...it's very itchy by the way, how do i get rid of it or should I just consult a doctor? Please Help.

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 April 2018 19:37

Hi Anonyms, It would be best for you to get checked by a nurse or a doctor at the local clinic so they can tell you what’s rash around the opening of my vagina, they will give you the right treatment. You can use our Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you here



Anonymous 29 November 2017 23:02

Since I went to do this injection thing I eat a lot what does that mean. Since well I did it what's going to happen to me e.g. my body.

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 December 2017 14:58

Hi thank you for your question. If you are talking about the family planning injection (nur isterate or depo), then that’s the correct method that will work to prevent pregnancy after 10 days. It is important to remember that the family planning injection does not protect you against STIs or HIV. To protect yourself from these infections, it’s best to either abstain from sex or use a condom every time you have sex.



Anonymous 29 November 2017 22:51

So I went to inject then the doctor said the injection thing will work after ten days so I've reach the day so what I want to know is when I have sex I can have unprotected or must I use a condom

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 December 2017 14:58

Hi thank you for your question. If you are talking about the family planning injection (nur isterate or depo), then that’s the correct method that will work to prevent pregnancy after 10 days. It is important to remember that the family planning injection does not protect you against STIs or HIV. To protect yourself from these infections, it’s best to either abstain from sex or use a condom every time you have sex.



Oratile 29 November 2017 22:47

Yes that kind of injection but for a school learner..

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 December 2017 14:58

Hi thank you for your question. If you are talking about the family planning injection (nur isterate or depo), then that’s the correct method that will work to prevent pregnancy after 10 days. It is important to remember that the family planning injection does not protect you against STIs or HIV. To protect yourself from these infections, it’s best to either abstain from sex or use a condom every time you have sex.



Anonymous 29 November 2017 13:02

Send me exercises please.

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 April 2018 19:42

Hi there, this is how you can build a fit and healthy body without going to the gym http://ow.ly/ylIt30jlA3g



Anonymous 28 November 2017 13:09

So if i have stress wat I must do.

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 November 2017 13:12

Hi thank you for your question. Take a look at our article on how to manage your stress.

http://ow.ly/Y7XN30gQnkT



Anonymous 28 November 2017 13:08

what about if I don't have appetite.

B-Wise Expert Expert 4 December 2017 20:46

Hi, and thank you for your question. There are many different reasons why you may not have an appetite. If you are losing weight or if you are sick, then not having an appetite may be a problem. If you want to increase your appetite, try to drink at least 2 litres of water a day and do lots of exercise. If you have any other symptoms or if your appetite doesn’t improve after doing exercise, it’s best for you to see a nurse or a doctor at your local clinic. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. Don’t forget to rate the clinic that you have chosen to use.  



Anonymous 26 November 2017 16:19

Hii I'm 22 years on the 12th of this month I had my periods they then ended on the the 18/11/17. Then on Monday the 20/11/17 I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend but I drank morning after pills so i woke up today and I had my periods again n todays date s the 26/11/17. I want to know weather there's a possibility that I'm pregnant or what's wrong with me

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 April 2018 19:43

Hi anonymous, periods are normally a sign that you are not pregnant, however, It would be best for you to get checked by a nurse or a doctor at the local clinic so they take pregnancy tests and tell you if you are pregnant or not. You can use our Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you http://ow.ly/9UqR30jkWvq



Oratile 25 November 2017 15:40

What's going to happen to me if I went to inject once?

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 November 2017 14:16

Hi Oratile, what type of injection are you are talking about? Is it the injection that you get to stop you from getting pregnant like Depo? 



Anonymous 24 November 2017 14:48

I have this problem of fainting,feeling dizzy whenever I'm in my periods.The pains are extreme and sometimes get to the point where I have to bend when walking.Should I be worried?.What could possibly lead to this problem even?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 April 2018 19:44

Hi Anonymous. Some girls and women do experience strong pain and feel unwell during their periods. It’s probably normal, but it would be best to check at the clinic if you are anaemic (this is when one’s blood is low in iron). Using a contraceptive such as the implant, injection or pill may help you with these symptoms. Speak to the nurse at your local clinic about the best options for you. Need help locating a clinic near you? You can search for clinics here.



Anonymous 24 November 2017 12:40

Hi B-wise experts. I always have ice cube cravings throughout the day and I can eat 3 full trays of them within an hour. Recently I've been having chest pains and severe pain under my left breast. I wanted to know what may be the cause? Thank you

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 April 2018 19:46

Hi Anonymous, Craving ice cubes, and other things which don’t have a nutritional value such as sand and chalk, can be a sign of iron deficiency. Iron deficiency affects your blood, and if severe this can place strain on your heart. Please consult your nearest clinic or a doctor, as they might need to check you and do some blood tests, as well as give you treatment to help you feel better. Need help locating a clinic near you? You can search for clinics  here



Anonymous 16 November 2017 23:01

I have a question to ask..is it possible for me to be positive and my man is negative?.

B-Wise Expert Expert 16 November 2017 23:03

Hi thank you for your question. Check out our article on If I'm HIV positive, what does this mean for my future?  http://ow.ly/9YVv30gCQLV



Anonymous 16 November 2017 22:59

If you want to have a child but preventing what should you?

B-Wise Expert Expert 16 November 2017 23:01

Hi thank you for your question. Check out our article on Different kinds of contraceptives and family planning: options to prevent pregnancy http://ow.ly/xifp30gCQvd



BWise Moderators 16 November 2017 22:57

How can we get healthy?

B-Wise Expert Expert 16 November 2017 22:58

Hi thank you for your question. Take a look at our section on healthy living. http://ow.ly/85aW30gCQmO



Anonymous 16 November 2017 22:54

How can I get my self been protect in precnecy.

B-Wise Expert Expert 16 November 2017 22:56

Thank you for your question. Please take a look at our Protect yourself from getting pregnant! http://ow.ly/pTnJ30gCeNX



BWise Moderators 16 November 2017 21:40

A twitter user asked: Can you briefly explain what it dangerous about the drug?

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 April 2018 17:51

Hi, thank you for your question. Flakka is dangerous because it may lead to aggressive behavior, increased heart rate, people also become delusional.

In the long term, using this drug may lead to death.



Anonymous 15 November 2017 16:48

My friend "She" is having pains on the ribs when she is on periods and having sex So I don't how to advise her on this matter

B-Wise Expert Expert 17 November 2017 09:55

Hi, thank you for your question. It’s good to know that you are concerned about your friend. If she is having pain during sex and when she is on her period, she needs to be checked by a nurse or a doctor at the local clinic to find out what the problem is.  You can use our clinic finder to find a clinic near you. 



Anonymous 14 November 2017 14:18

A user asked: Wat doen ek in n geval as ek n gesondheids werker is en ek weet iemand is hiv positief en die persoon gaan uit met jo seun of dogter wat doen jy in sulke geval dan

B-Wise Expert Expert 14 November 2017 17:16

Hi there. That’s a tough situation to be in! Ethics and the law say that healthcare workers must keep patients’ HIV status confidential. It would be best to counsel the patient to disclose their status to their partner, and encourage them and their partner (your son/daughter) to use condoms every time they have sex. The National Disclosure Guidelines can help you find ways to start the disclosure process. Remember, if your son or daughter is brought in for disclosure, they would just have to be seen by a healthcare worker other than you. If you are struggling, speak to your colleagues or supervisors for help. Good luck! 



Anonymous 11 November 2017 09:09

Hi I've been on my periods for almost 2 months now and I want them to stop, I am using a 2 months contraceptive. please help.

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 April 2018 20:12

Hi anonymous, this bleeding is most likely due to the injectable contraceptive you are using. If this keeps happening, then you may have to change to a different contraceptive. Refer to B-wise article on contraceptives here



Anonymous 9 November 2017 14:51

My 2 year old always touches his throat when swallowing food, what can be the cause of this?

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 November 2017 10:56

Hi Anonymous. There could be many reasons for this. Is she\he eating well? Or refusing food and complaining about pain? If the throat is sore, he\she would likely be complaining and not willing to eat. The best option is for you to take your child to the nearest clinic, the nurses will be able to tell you what’s wrong. You can locate your nearest clinic here: http://ow.ly/SJxa30gsP6B

Good luck with everything 



Anonymous 6 November 2017 10:01

Good day, I'm a 19 year old boy and soon will go for initiation. my father told me i will have to get a full check up by the doctor to determine if i'll be medically fit to go or not. the thing is i'm afraid, what if i test positive and if i do will i still be able to go or not? I really need to know if a positive person can go for traditional circumcision. please help

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 November 2017 17:38

Hi Anonymous.Firstly, well done for voicing your fear around testing, it’s quite a common feeling to have. I would suggest you try your best to go for the check-up – it’s always a good idea to go for regular health checks for HIV and other things, even if they can feel be scary. The good thing about knowing your HIV status is that whatever you find out will give you more power to take control of your health– either to get onto treatment if its positive or to practice prevention if its negative, so I would recommend it. About the traditional circumcision, I think that the most important thing to know is whether it is done safely and hygienically, whether a person is living with HIV or not. If it’s not done in this way, a person could be at risk of getting an infection, which could be more likely to happen in someone who has anything which affects their immune system, like HIV.



Anonymous 2 November 2017 19:27

Facebook user asked:What can I do to control tannitus ijooo this thing is getting into my nerves

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 November 2017 18:11

Hi there, thank you for your question. Tinnitus is when people hear noises or ringing in their ears. It’s actually not an illness itself, but a sign of something else going on. It can be caused by hearing loss (which often happens when people get older), an ear injury or a problem in the circulatory (blood) system. Even though it can be irritating, it usually isn’t a sign of something serious, although it can get worse with age and can improve with treatment. It’s best to see a doctor at the local clinic if the tinnitus came suddenly or you don’t know the cause. You can use the  Clinic Finder to find a doctor near you.



Mumzat 1 November 2017 09:24

hi can people living with hiv positive uses traditional remedies for puking. any suggestions wil be appreciated

B-Wise Expert Expert 2 November 2017 19:43

Hi, thank you for your question. If you’re taking ARVs, we don’t advise that you use traditional remedies at the same time. The remedies may have an effect on the medication and it can weaken the effect of the ARVs. If you are struggling with side effects like vomiting, it is best to speak to your doctor or nurse and get advice or treatment which can help you.



Anonymous 31 October 2017 15:38

A Facebook user asked: Hi i'm on arv'ssince january but stilk loosing weight and now feel the back pain down my spine what is the problem?

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 November 2017 22:41

Hi there, thank you for your question. There are many different reasons why you may be losing weight even though you are on ARVs. Some people lose weight because they have another medical condition like TB. To see if you have any symptoms, you can take a look at our article All you need to know about TB. What you eat (and how much you eat) can also affect your weight, so it’s important that you eat healthy food and don’t skip meals. This can help you gain your weight back. Check out our article Eat this, not that: good food rules to live by to find out more. Back pains can have many different causes. It would be best to visit your local clinic so that you can be examined and find exactly what is causing the back pains, and get advice from a nurse or dietitian who will help you with your weight problem. You can use our Clinic Finder  to help you find a clinic near you. 



Anonymous 31 October 2017 10:42

Lawrence asked om facebook: Hi I want to ask ,my girlfriend has periods for 3 months... Is it possible she might be pregnant when we last had sex on August?

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 October 2017 16:13

Hi, thank you for your question. If you mean your girlfriend has been bleeding for three months continuously, this can be a sign that something is wrong either with her reproductive organs, or with her hormones.  A woman can bleed when she is pregnant, but this usually means that something is wrong with the pregnancy (like a miscarriage) or there might be an infection in the genital tract (such as vaginitis). It would be best for your girlfriend to go to the nearest clinic as soon as she can, to get help to manage this problem. 



Anonymous 30 October 2017 12:41

Sipho asked this question on Facebook: Hi I'm going through a difficult time and I was hoping you can hear me out, my name is sipho nkomo I am 26yrs of age, on my final yr at varsity four yrs ago I suffered from depression and anxiety which led me to drop out.I could have been one of the students who commit suicide but I didn't. I have been trying to deal with this mental illness silently by myself and I've lost everything. My family doesn't understand what is going on with me, my friends have left me saying I'm crazy, I have lost the desire to do the things I used to love like playing soccer and doing debate.My parents have divorced, I don't anyone to really talk to. Before anxiety and depression I used to be a good student, I have more twenty academic certificates. I love life, I want to live again and make a difference. My sisters son who is fourteen is showing signs of a mental illness and I need to be strong and show him that its not the end of the world.My gf has been a pillar of strength, we have been together for six yrs and through all my suffering she has told me that everything will be alright and now shes four months pregnant, this is the time I really need to be there for her.I'm a hard worker, a problem solver, I'm willing to apply myself and give my best effort in all I do, I'm willing to learn and help where I can to achieve a common goal. I don't believe in giving up, I don't want to be a burden, I never chose mental illness but I know I can beat it, I certainly don't want to die. Please help me get a job, I'm good with numbers, computers, I can bake, clean, I can do garden and I used to study sports psychology. I just need a job to help me fix my life and get back on track, I promise not to disappoint anybody especially myself. Your response will be highly appreciated, yours faithfully from sipho nkomo.

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 October 2017 12:52

Hi Sipho

Thank you for your question. It seems as though you have been going through a lot, and you have been brave through it all! Well done on having a positive attitude through your difficult time. Depression and anxiety is not easy to deal with, we would recommend getting help by seeing a counsellor or a psychologist at your local clinic who will be able to help you through your mental illness. You can also make use of our clinic finder on our B-Wise website on bwisehealth.com to help you find a clinic close to you.

You and your nephew need to get in touch with organisations that provide help people with depression and anxiety, such as:

·         Suicide crisis line: 0800 567 567 or sms 31393

·         Depression and Mental Health Helpline: call 0800 567 567 daily between 8am and 89pm for counseling and referral if you're suffering from depression, anxiety or mental health issues

·         The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG): 011- 262-6396

·         Mental health line: 011 783 1474

 You can also take a look at our article on How to find a job in Mzansi, this will give you tips on how to find the right job for you.

All the best to you and your nephew, and good luck with a job! 



iselumoller 20 October 2017 12:32

My sinuses and nose feel congested and I have had a sore and swollen throat for 3 days. What home or pharmacy remedies can I use to prevent it from getting worse?

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 April 2018 20:15

Hi anonymous, it would be best for you to visit your doctor at the local clinic so they can check you up and give you the right treatment that you need. You can use the Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you here



Anonymous 19 October 2017 22:59

I drink my tribuss at night when and how can i drink my supplement

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 April 2018 17:46

Hi, thank you for your question. You can take aloe or any other supplements, as long as they don’t interfere with your ARVs. Most medication will have a leaflet that will tell you which other medication it will have a bad reaction with if they are taken together. It’s best to take your supplements in the morning, and not to drink them at night because they could keep you awake at night.



Anonymous 19 October 2017 22:56

Can i use supplement when i m using tribuss..so when and can i use it because i deonk my tribuss at night

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 13:12

Hi, thank you for your question. You can take aloe or any other supplements, as long as they don’t interfere with your ARVs. Most medication will have a leaflet that will tell you which other medication it will have a bad reaction with if they are taken together. It’s best to take your supplements in the morning, and not to drink them at night because they could keep you awake at night.



Anonymous 18 October 2017 17:29

Anonymous asked on Facebook:I m afraid of body changes..i start my tribuss yersterday please what can i do to avoid body changes My cd4 is more than 700 but i had no choice because i have 10 years without drinkong medication but i m still freash the problem is,i m always tired,thus why i decided to stsrt my treatment

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 October 2017 17:30

Hi Anonymous. You have made a brave and important decision – well done for making the choice to live healthy! It can be scary to start treatment but it does protect your health, even when your CD4 is above 700. With the new medicines in use now (like Tribuss, and many others) the body changes don’t happen very often. You shouldn’t expect any major body changes with this medicine. Of course, exercise and a balanced diet are always important to keep your body fit and in shape.



Anonymous 18 October 2017 15:12

Hi B-wise experts. I always have ice cube cravings throughout the day and I can eat 3 full trays of them within an hour. Recently I've been having chest pains and severe pain under my left breast. I wanted to know what may be the cause? Thank you

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 October 2017 17:14

Hi Anonymous. You have made a brave and important decision – well done for making the choice to live healthily! It can be scary to start treatment but it does protect your health, even when your CD4 is above 700. With the new medicines in use now (like Tribuss, and many others) the body changes don’t happen very often. You shouldn’t expect any major body changes with this medicine. Of course, exercise and a balanced diet are always important to keep your body fit and in shape.



Mimosa 13 October 2017 15:42

i test all the time and is always in the clear, my worry is my not-so-smelling-good discharge. How do i deal with that?

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 October 2017 17:16

Hi Mimosa. It sounds like you are talking about a vaginal discharge. The cause of a vaginal discharge can be because of a sexually transmitted infection or due to thrush. If you are sexually active and not using condoms, it may mean that you have an infection. This means you and your partner(s) need to be treated for the STI, otherwise if you only treat yourself and not you partner(s), there is still a risk of getting the infection again. It is best you visit your nearest clinic for a check-up. For more information please read “What is vaginal thrush or a yeast infection?



Anonymous 13 October 2017 12:12

Can I miss my periods for 3 Months and still not be pregnant?

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 October 2017 17:16

Hi Anonymous. There are a number of reasons besides pregnancy that can cause a female to miss her period for three or more months. If you are not sexually active, it may be due to thrush (yeast infection) in the vagina. This is an infection that a person does not get through sex – it happens when yeast overgrows in the vagina. A yeast infection can be easily treated with a cream, vaginal tablet or at the clinic. You could also miss your period for other reasons such as losing a lot of weight, hormonal problems, taking contraceptives, medical conditions like being very ill for long periods of time, or emotional stress. To get the best explanation as to why you might have missed your period, it is a good idea to visit your nearest clinic.



Anonymous 6 October 2017 13:04

I ws prepare to kill myself when i found out im positive i just wanting to know if there z any possibilities that this sort of feelin come over me again I wanna ask this 1 thing bothering me everytime after nine thats now after i took my tablet for 8 there is voices i hear but as i try to sleep then its hard but during the night then feels like im stressing is that normal for a HIV positive personm

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 October 2017 13:58

Dear Anonymous,

Finding out you are HIV positive is a very stressful thing - we're so sorry to hear that you were feeling so desperate. It's good that you are feeling better, but no one can know if those feelings will hit you again. If they do, tell someone you trust IMMEDIATELY - and if there's no one you want to tell, call Lifeline on 0861 322 322 or the SADAG Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567. There are people who can help you deal with your feelings. 

It's OK and normal to feel stressed out sometimes, but if you are hearing voices, it's best to speak to a counsellor or psychologist at your nearest clinic to find out the reason. It would also be important to ask your nurse or health care worker where you get your tablets if this could be a side effect of the treatment. There are many challenges in living with HIV, but it's also possible to live a long and healthy life if you take your medication correctly and stay virally suppressed. If you are finding it hard to deal with your diagnosis, counselling can help you to work through it and understand what it means for you. 


RegardsThe B-Wise Team


BWise Moderators 6 October 2017 11:54

Azania WaAfrika asked this question on twitter:I'm still curious, since one cannot separate semen from a sperm during sex, is practically impossible to conceive natural

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 October 2017 11:56

Hi Azania waAfrica, it is possible to conceive naturally, but there will always be some risk. The best way for a man to ensure his sexual partner has a very low risk of contracting HIV is to make sure that he is using antiretroviral medication and that his viral load is suppressed when they try to conceive. The couple should only engage in sexual intercourse at the time of the month when the female partner is likely to be fertile. For this, you can use ovulation test kits which can be bought from a pharmacy and use either urine or saliva to determine when a woman is fertile. You can also discuss fertility planning with your healthcare provider and they will be able to provide you with more information on how to determine a woman’s fertile period.



BWise Moderators 5 October 2017 17:18

Azania WaAfrika asked this question on twitter:Is it possible for an HIV positive man to have an HIV negative baby? When does a baby contact the virus? Does the sperm carry a virus?

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 October 2017 17:19

Hi Azania WaAfrika, thank you so much for the interesting question. Yes it is very possible for an HIV positive man to have an HIV negative baby. Unborn babies contract HIV from their mothers and not their fathers. An HIV positive man can infect his HIV negative female partner through unprotected sex, but cannot directly infect the unborn child. The HIV is in the semen (cum) from the penis, but not in the sperm itself, so some doctors do a process called “sperm washing” which removes the semen and just leaves the sperm (this can be expensive though). Babies can get HIV from their HIV positive mothers at any time during the pregnancy, labour and delivery or through breastfeeding.



Anonymous 3 October 2017 19:53

Why do I need a hiv test if I don't have a girl friend

B-Wise Expert Expert 4 October 2017 16:57

Hi Anonymous. If you have never been sexually active, you’re sure that both of your parents are HIV negative, and you’ve never had any sort of injection or blood transfusion, then you are not at risk of having HIV. But if you have ever been sexually active, you should have an HIV test to find out your status. It is important to have an HIV test as a person can be infected with HIV and show no signs, or very few symptoms of the disease for a long time before becoming ill. In some cases the time can be as long as 5 or 10 years. During this time, the HIV can damage your immune system, and the more damaged your immune system is, the longer it will take your body to recover once you start medication for HIV (antiretroviral treatment). The sooner you test for HIV, the sooner you can start medication if you are positive, and the easier it will be for your body to recover. For more information on testing for HIV, read Know your status? Get tested! What to expect on B-Wise.



Anonymous 3 October 2017 19:52

Do I need family planning if I'm not sexual active

B-Wise Expert Expert 4 October 2017 16:56

Hi Anonymous, good question. If you are not having sex, then you are not at risk of getting pregnant and so you don’t need family planning. Women use family planning to prevent unplanned pregnancy. For more information on how you can protect yourself from falling pregnant, read How do I choose the best contraceptive method for me?.



Anonymous 1 October 2017 11:49

A user on twitter asked: I would like to be a BWiseHelth yeam member, what must i do ?

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 October 2017 11:51

Hi anonymous, Thank you for showing interest in the work we're doing at B-Wise. You can definitely be a part of B-Wise! You can do this by spreading the word about B-Wise to your peeps - this will help us grow B-Wise even further and help young people access health and health-related information. You can also send us your story and we could publish it on the site in our Your Words section. Keep watching the B-Wise mobisite for other opportunities to share the work B-Wise is doing throughout the country. And if you're looking for work opportunities, take a look at the  Careers section   on the She Conquers website for ideas and links. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us for more information.  


Anonymous 1 October 2017 00:25

early did year I had an illegal abortion wen I WS 1 month pregnant I couldnt go the clinic there nurses there are rude and treat us like trash...no1 knws about this I know wat I DD WS wrong but I couldn't HV a child my family is struggling financially I even had to drop out of college bcoz mummy lost her job...the problem is that the pains I HV during my periods are unbearable they hurt I CNT even walk and on top of DAT the guy hu impregnated me infected with pubic lices...I don't knw where he got them wat can I do??? clinic is the last option i'll rather die than go to that place

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 October 2017 17:17

 Hi Anonymous. It sounds like you’ve been through a lot. The best place for you to seek treatment is still a health care facility. If the staff at the facility you usually visit are unpleasant, please consider going to a different facility. You can find the list of clinics which you can visit on the B-Wise clinic finder, and you can rate as well as report the clinic you visited where you were treated harshly. For menstrual pains, ibuprofen is usually a good idea. This medication is available without a prescription at the pharmacy – ask a pharmacist for medications with ibuprofen. The pubic lice you have can be treated with non-prescription medications containing pyrethrins (natural insecticides), which you can also get at your nearest pharmacy. Your sexual partners will also have to be treated. BUT to confirm that you have public lice, and before you use any medication, it’s important that you visit and consult with a health care worker. 



Anonymous 29 September 2017 00:31

I have lower back pain. What can be the cause?

B-Wise Expert Expert 29 September 2017 16:30

Hi Claudel, thanks for your question. There are many causes of back pain, but unfortunately these can’t be diagnosed without a full examination, in person, by a medical professional. The pain could be because of something affecting the muscles or bones in your back, any other organ in that part of your body (like your gall bladder), or it could be a referred pain from elsewhere in the body (such as the knee). If the pain is so serious that it’s waking you up at night, it’s best to consult with your healthcare worker to ensure that the pain is not a symptom of a more serious problem.



Anonymous 27 September 2017 22:55

When will circumsion be done again

B-Wise Expert Expert 29 September 2017 17:15

Hi Anonymous, once a man is circumcised, he does not need to be circumcised again. The circumcision procedure is permanent.



Anonymous 27 September 2017 00:29

I'm anxious when in a building with a lot of people around me. What can cause it?

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 September 2017 11:25

Hi Anonymous, sorry to hear that you are feeling anxious! Anxiety is our mind’s way of protecting us and watching out for danger, so it’s actually a good thing, but sometimes our mind overreacts to a danger it thinks is there. It’s hard to know what might have caused it, but a few things can help answer your question.

·         If it began after a scary experience you had (e.g. a robbery), it might be that your brain is worried the same thing will happen again. This should pass with time if you deal with your feelings about the scary experience.

·         It also depends on what you are anxious about – is it being trapped and not being able to escape? Is it about being attacked? Is it about having a panic attack in a crowded place? Understanding what is behind the fear means you can work on dealing with that fear.

If your anxiety is stopping you from going to some places, or making it hard for you to do what you are supposed to do, speak to a counsellor or psychologist to get more help managing your anxiety. Good luck!



Anonymous 24 September 2017 10:54

Hi I am a pregnant HIV + woman, and they only gave me four months maternity leave at work,should I breastfeed my baby for that four months and stop because I will be going back to work before six months?

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 September 2017 11:34

Congratulations on your pregnancy! This is a very exciting time for you, but also there is lots to consider. Yes, it’s a good idea to breastfeed for the four months while you are at home with your baby. There are a few feeding options to consider when you start work after four months:

·         The best option for your baby would be if you were able to express your breast milk at work. This usually means you will have to express breast milk twice during your work day (or more, depending on how much milk you make). This milk will then need to be stored in a cool place to be given to your baby the next day. The best way to express milk is by hand (breast pumps are not necessarily better and can be expensive). Breast milk has advantages over formula milk, such as providing better quality nutrients and making the immune system stronger. Breast milk, however, can contain HIV if your HIV viral load is not suppressed by your antiretroviral treatment. Therefore, to breastfeed safely, you need to take your treatment every day.

·         You could decide to switch to formula milk when you return to work. This is a difficult decision to make: you will need to consider whether you can formula-feed safely (it’s safer if you have access to clean, piped water and a stove for boiling the bottles) and if you can afford the costs of formula for the first year (this can be a few hundred rand a month). Mixed feeding (giving both breast milk and formula feeding) is not recommended. It’s better to choose one feeding method and stick to that. When your baby turns 6 months old, you can start to introduce solid foods like porridge and vegetables. Before 6 months old, it is recommended that your baby only receives milk.

·       Join support groups such as Le Leche League on Facebook and the Department of Health’s MomConnect, which you can access by dialling *134*550#. There are many experts there who will be able to support you with breastfeeding your baby.

Our best wishes to you and your baby! 



Anonymous 21 September 2017 12:18

Hi..im pregnant and i received an sms from momconnect saying ''its difficult to find out that u have Hiv,no one can see it and lots of pregnant women have it''...does this mean i have it?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 13:13

Hi thank you for your question. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. You can get tested at your local clinic.



Anonymous 21 September 2017 12:16

Hi..im pregnant and i received an sms from momconnect saying ''its difficult to find out that u have Hiv,no one can see it and lots of pregnant women have it''...does this mean i have it?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 September 2017 10:30

Hi Anonymous. No, the message does not mean you have HIV. The message from MomConnect is aimed at supporting mothers who are pregnant and HIV positive, or who, during the course of their pregnancy, discover that they are HIV positive, which happens sometimes. It is sent to every pregnant woman registered on MomConnect, whether they are positive or negative. The only way to know your HIV status is if you get tested. 



sweets 19 September 2017 16:00

hi I'm 28 and been trying to conceive for the past 5 years and nothing what can I do please help

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 10:25

Dear Sweets, There are so many reasons why a woman may have difficulty falling pregnant. The first step is go to your clinic and be seen by a healthcare provider who will try and see if there anything preventing you from becoming pregnant, and give you advice about what you can try.

If you are using contraception then you should not get pregnant. If you have been on the injectable contraception (DMPA, depo provera or norestirate) then it may take a few months after your last injection before youre able to get pregnant. Contraceptives dont cause infertility, but the long term injections can delay how quickly you become pregnant after you stop them.

 It can help to pay attention to the womans monthly cycle, as this can tell you when you are most fertile and able to get pregnant. If you have a smartphone, you can use free apps such as https://www.cyclebeads.com/period-tracker-app" These help you to track your menstrual cycle (when you go on your period) and provide dates when you are more fertile. Your healthcare provider will also be able to help you understand which days are best for fertility.

An STI can cause problems with fertility and can also be a risk for miscarriage or complications during a pregnancy if you do get pregnant. If you or your partner have an STI, make sure you are both fully treated before you carry on trying for pregnancy. And if either or both of you are HIV-positive, make sure you get treatment and speak to your doctor FIRST before trying.

Remember that if there is a problem with getting pregnant, it could be due to an issue with the female/ the male partner, so you should both get checked out. Also know that not being able to fall pregnant doesn’t mean you are unhealthy. Even healthy couples with no problems can take time to get pregnant.



sweets 19 September 2017 15:59

hi I'm 28 and been trying to conceive for the past 5 years and nothing what can I do please help

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 September 2017 10:33

Dear Sweets, There are so many reasons why a woman may have difficulty falling pregnant. The first step is go to your clinic and be seen by a healthcare provider who will try and see if there’s anything preventing you from becoming pregnant, and give you advice about what you can try. There are a few things that could be happening:

  • If you are using contraception then you should not get pregnant. If you have been on the injectable contraception (DMPA, depo provera or norestirate) then it may take a few months after your last injection before you’re able to get pregnant. Contraceptives don’t cause infertility, but the long term injections can delay how quickly you become pregnant after you stop them.
  • It can help to pay attention to the woman’s monthly cycle, as this can tell you when you are most fertile and able to get pregnant. If you have a smartphone, you can use free apps such as Cyclebeads or Dot. These help you to track your menstrual cycle (when you go on your period) and provide dates when you are more fertile. Your healthcare provider will also be able to help you understand which days are best for fertility.
  • An STI can cause problems with fertility and can also be a risk for miscarriage or complications during a pregnancy if you do get pregnant. If you or your partner have an STI, make sure you are both fully treated before you carry on trying for pregnancy. And if either or both of you are HIV-positive, make sure you get treatment and speak to your doctor FIRST before trying.

Remember that if there is a problem with getting pregnant, it could be due to an issue with the female or the male partner, so you should both get checked out. Also know that not being able to fall pregnant doesn’t mean you are unhealthy. Even healthy couples with no problems can take time to get pregnant.

Best of luck!

 



Anonymous 16 September 2017 17:56

hy my baby is 4days old and her stomy is runing but not too much but she is not crying she sulking wel the feases is yellow should i be worried?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 September 2017 10:33

Hi Anonymous. Your child is in good health. New-born babies usually have very soft stools. This stool is yellow in colour and looks like mustard. For babies that are being breast fed, their stool will be soft for a long time because of the breast milk (which is digested much more easily than formula milk). If, however, your baby is looking tired, has a fever, is breathing very fast or is not drinking well, please take her to the clinic for a check-up. You can register on MomConnect where you will able to get more help  from experts. Dial *134*550# from your cellphone to register.



Anonymous 15 September 2017 23:39

Please health educate me about teenage pregnancy

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 September 2017 10:34

Hi Anonymous. The article Falling pregnant when you’re young is a big deal! and other articles in the Basics of S-E-X section will let you know in detail what can happen if you fall pregnant while you are still young. 



Anonymous 15 September 2017 20:56

I'm really overweight. What can I do to loose weight?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 September 2017 10:29

Hi Anonymous. The best way to lose weight is balancing the energy you take in, which is about the amount and type of food you eat, with the amount of energy you spend (how much exercise you do). If you take in too much energy or spend too little energy, you will gain weight. In order to lose weight, you need to either eat less (take in fewer calories/kilojoules) or exercise more… and the best way is to do a combination of the two, by eating less high-energy foods and doing regular exercise. To get some ideas, see our articles “Exercise is smart: How much do you need?” and “Eat this, not that: good food rules to live by”. Consider joining a weight loss group – they can often provide moral support. In some cases, weight gain can also be related to a medical condition. Please visit your health care worker for a check-up in order to ensure you are in good health.



Anonymous 15 September 2017 15:36

I started haart in December last year at Kzn.i recently got a job at JHB.now im running short of my medication.is it possible to get arvs at hillbrow for next month?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 September 2017 10:35

Yes, you can be assisted. When you're in Hillbrow, take your medication and any other records with your medical condition to the nearest clinic or hospital, and doctors or nurses will be able to give you the right medication. You can also report good or bad service you received at that clinic here: https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/ 



Anonymous 14 September 2017 13:29

Facebook user: Celukbz ukt ngingakwaz yn ukukwenz I family planing if I don't hav a child?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 12:51

Hi there, thank you for your question. You can read our article on Different kinds of contraceptives and family planning: options to prevent pregnancy 



Anonymous 12 September 2017 15:47

Facebook user asked: If I sleep with mi boy like we HV been dating 4 now 3 years and we haven't have sex. Nw the question is when u have sex with at the back and he try to put it in and it does not get in after few second u start to bleed,wat can happen to u?

B-Wise Expert Expert 14 September 2017 12:22

Hi, thanks for your question, the anus is very different to the vagina, because it doesn't produce any lubrication. This means that during anal sex, you will need to use a lubricant. Remember to only use a water based lubricant, because oil-based lubricants like Vaseline will destroy the latex of the condom. The anus is a very sensitive part of the body and the lining is very thin, so it's easier to tear. So if you are bleeding during anal sex, it would be a good idea to use more lubricant. Lubrication helps to get things wet, which makes sex feel better and lowers your chances of getting hurt. If the bleeding does not stop, you will need to see a doctor. Remember to always use a condom!



Anonymous 7 September 2017 18:19

Facebook user asked: My lil sister was raped last week satardy she's so depressed even wen she goes to concealing wat advice o motivation can u gv to her pls pls help

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 September 2017 13:27

Hi, I’m so sorry to hear about what happened to your sister. It makes sense that she is feeling down and is affected by this – it’s a terrible and traumatic thing to go through. It’s good that she’s going for counselling, but counselling won’t take those feelings away… It will just give her a place to deal with the feelings. Everyone is different, but it may take her weeks or months to start feeling like herself again. That’s OK. She needs to deal with her trauma and heal in her own way, and no one knows what that will look like until it happens. But it can be very hard to watch someone we love go through this, and if you need support yourself, speak to a trusted adult or counsellor. If you are worried that your sister might harm herself, please read our article “Having thoughts about killing yourself?” for ways to support and help her. 



Anonymous 7 September 2017 10:31

Facebook user asked: It been a years now trying to have baby I'm not sure or I can have babies or I can't what am I supposed to do?

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 September 2017 10:34

Dear Anonymous, There are so many reasons why a woman may have difficulty falling pregnant. The first step is go to your clinic and be seen by a healthcare provider who will try and see if there’s anything preventing you from becoming pregnant and give you advice about what you can try. There are a few things that could be happening:
 
  • If you are using contraception then you should not get pregnant. If you have been on the injectable contraception (DMPA, depo provera or norestirate) then it may take a few months after your last injection before you’re able to get pregnant. Contraceptives don’t cause infertility, but the long term injections can delay how quickly you become pregnant after stopping them.
  • Some couples do not manage to get pregnant because they are just not trying on the correct days of the women’s monthly cycle when the woman is most fertile and able to get pregnant. If you have a smartphone, you can use free apps such as Cyclebeads or Dot. These help you to track your menstrual cycle (when you go on your period) and provide dates when you are more fertile. Your healthcare provider will also be able to help you understand which days are best for fertility.
  • An STI can cause problems with fertility and can also be a risk for miscarriage or complications during a pregnancy if you do get pregnant. If you or your partner have an STI then you must both be fully treated before continuing to try for pregnancy. And if either or both of you are HIV-positive, make sure you get treatment and speak to your doctor FIRST before trying.
  Remember that if there is a problem with getting pregnant, it could be due to an issue with the female or the male partner, so you should both get checked out. Also remember that not being able to fall pregnant doesn’t mean you are unhealthy. Even healthy couples with no problems can take time to get pregnant.   Good luck to you and your partner!


BWise Moderators 7 September 2017 10:21

I started using ARV a month ago after i tested positive but I was still OK...i don't usually drink alcohol does this mean I must quit drinking

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 September 2017 10:24

Hi, You can have some alcohol while you are on ARVs, however, this needs to be done in moderation because heavy alcohol intake may have many negative effects such as: •             Forgetting to take your ARVs at the correct time   •             With certain ARVs, there may be increased side effects like drowsiness (shared side effect of the two combined)   •             General health may be affected (poor appetite may happen as a result of heavy alcohol intake and weight loss as a result   •             If you are anaemic as a result of HIV or the ARVs you are taking, this may be worsened by alcohol intake   Therefore, it is important that alcohol is taken in moderation and take your ARV at the correct time always!


BWise Moderators 30 August 2017 12:10

User on Facebook asked: Is HIV a natural or a man made disease? If it is man made do they put natural cause on our loved ones death certificate??

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 August 2017 12:14

Dear Facebook user


Thank you for your question.


HIV is a virus, and from what we know, it is not man-made. If there are high levels of HIV in someone’s body, this makes their immune system weaker, and once that happens many diseases can get into their body.

On a birth certificate, ‘natural causes’ is written because the person died from a disease, and all diseases are listed as ‘natural’. If a person dies from other causes, like a murder or car accident, it is listed as an unnatural death.


Regards

B-Wise team



BWise Moderators 22 August 2017 16:49

User on Facebook Asked: my child's 30 month clinic visit was yesterday and I missed it will only be able to go tomorrow. Is it ok to be 2 days late?

B-Wise Expert Expert 22 August 2017 17:31

Dear anonymous


Thank you for sending us your question.

Yes please go.  It is better to go late then to not go at all.

It is also a good idea to register on MomConnect. Here's how:

Dial: *134*550*2# . It's free to use and will provide updates and link you to experts in the field of pregnancy and baby care.





Anonymous 14 August 2017 16:02

Hi I'm HIV n my baby is negative I'm breastfeeding and been giving her nevirapine she is now 6 weeks n they gave me doctrim is it possible that I might infect her with HIV

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 August 2017 11:22

Hi anonymous, It's great that your baby is HIV negative so far. However, as long as you are breastfeeding, there is still a risk that you could pass HIV on to your baby. The best way to avoid giving your baby HIV through breastfeeding is to take your ARVs every day and visit your clinic on your scheduled dates. Breastfeeding is very good for your baby, so you should carry on as long as you can.



BWise Moderators 11 August 2017 20:43

Thembisile asked on Facebook:Hi, What ways can one end genital warts and what's the process of removing them? What is PrEP and it's importance, especially if someone had an STI before

B-Wise Expert Expert 14 August 2017 23:08

Hi Thembisile, those are good questions! Genital warts are caused by a virus known as Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Usually, the body’s immune system will fight the virus, but there is no cure for HPV. The actual warts can be treated, though – the type of treatment just depends on where the warts are, how big they are, and how many there are. Treatment options include putting medication onto the wart for a few sessions until the wart falls off, and having surgery to remove the wart. It is best to talk to a healthcare provider so that they can recommend the best treatment for you. HPV can lead to serious diseases like cervical cancer, so please also speak with your healthcare provider about screening for diseases caused by HPV. PrEP is a medication that HIV-negative people can take to protect themselves against getting HIV. It doesn’t protect against any other STIs.



BWise Moderators 10 August 2017 10:39

Malum'Bandile asked on Facebook, Hi,I would like to know if a condom broke but there was no Ejaculation.... what are the chances of falling pregnant?

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 August 2017 18:08

Hi Malum'Bandile, Although the chances of falling pregnant are smaller if there was no ejaculation, it is still possible. This is because the fluid that comes from the penis before ejaculation (pre-ejaculate) may also contain sperm. If you’re worried about falling pregnant, it is best to visit your nearest clinic to ask about emergency contraception. This type of contraception can help you in preventing pregnancy for up to 120 hours (5 days) after having unprotected sex. Remember, though, emergency contraception does not provide any protection from contracting STIs and HIV. To prevent pregnancy, STIs and HIV, it is important to use a combined or dual contraceptive (which is a condom and contraceptive) each and every time you have sex.



Anonymous 8 August 2017 00:47

Hi. I would like to be kept anonymous. I am seeking advice from the experts. I had a partner who did not disclose the I hiv status with me and I had sexual intercourse with them several times sometimes with and others without protection. Apparently he is on medication. So when I found out we were already separated. Then I had a test (after 30+ days of exposre) which came back negative. A week later I did another one still negative. Now I am waiting for the window period. I don't want to give myself false hope but if I were to be infected shouldn't I test positive already? However I am stressed and I haven't confronted the person, should I confront them or just straight up file for a case against them?

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 August 2017 18:20

Hi anonymous, your chances of getting HIV depends on the positive person’s HIV viral load. If someone living with HIV uses ART (medication) as prescribed by their health care provider, their viral load will be ‘lower than the detectable limit’. With such a low viral load, the chance of this person transmitting HIV to their sexual partner is small. Unfortunately, the only way for you to confirm your HIV status is to keep using a condom during sex (or to abstain) and then to test once the ‘window period’ has passed. You will need to make your own decision about confronting the person or laying a charge against them. If you choose to do either of these, think carefully about what you want out of the process and what could happen (e.g. what would happen after confronting them). 



Anonymous 3 August 2017 16:11

When to book for antenatal classes

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 August 2017 16:46

Hi Anonymous, you should book for antenatal the moment you find out you are pregnant. The antennal visits have also increased from 4 to 8 so it is best to go as soon as you can. You can get updates and important information about your pregnancy if you register with MomConnect. MomConnect is a free support service offered by the Department of Health to assist you through your pregnancy and after pregnancy. Dial *134*550# from your cellphone to register to MomConnect.



Itumeleng naane 2 August 2017 12:55

Is stress curable? Or manageable?

B-Wise Expert Expert 4 August 2017 14:33

Hi Itumeleng naane, you can’t get rid of stress forever – everyone’s life has some stress. But there are things you can do to manage it. The best way is to learn healthy coping strategies such as:

·         Exercise. If you walk, run, dance, or play sport for at least 30 minutes a day it can help to de-stress your brain and body.

·         Take deep breaths. Take a big breath, hold it for 3-5 seconds and then let it go. You can also say positive things like 'I can do this'.

·         Do muscle relaxation exercises. Tense up all the muscles in your body from your toes to your head and then relax them (let go). Continue this until your entire body feels relaxed.

·         Take an instant holiday. Close your eyes and think of somewhere peaceful and relaxing. Imagine being there and enjoy this imagined instant holiday until you feel calmer.

·         Let your feelings out. Write down your feelings or draw a picture about how you feel or what is stressing you.

·         Focus on what you can control. You can control your own reactions and your own actions. Focus on that and let go of what you can’t control, like other people's opinions and expectations.



Anonymous 2 August 2017 12:48

My friends they tell me to calm down, get over it but im still stressing what shld i do

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 August 2017 23:04

Hi anonymous, it can be hard when we feel like no one hears us or really understands. Sometimes no matter how hard we try, we can’t calm down and feel better on our own. That’s OK. Speak to a trusted adult, counsellor or social worker to get help with managing your stress. If you can’t find anyone who understands, you can also call Lifeline on 0861 322 322 – they have counsellors on the line 24/7. 



Carorina2014 2 August 2017 12:36

Eish, mina I'm keeping a secret and it's sresing me, yo! Shld I tell someone?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 13:10

Hi thank you for your question. You can read our article on https://bwisehealth.com/article/who-can-i-trust-with-my-secrets 



Carorina2014 2 August 2017 12:36

Eish, mina I'm keeping a secret and it's sresing me, yo! Shld I tell someone?

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 August 2017 23:01

Yoh, it’s tough but you’re the only one who can decide that. It depends on many things. Did someone ask you to keep the secret? Is it about you or about someone else? Think about what will happen if you tell – will someone get hurt? If you want to talk about it but don’t want to tell a lot of people, try telling someone who will keep it confidential. This could be a counsellor, social worker or psychologist, or you could even call a counselling line like Lifeline (0861 322 322). They can help you to decide the best way forward.



Itumeleng naane 2 August 2017 12:34

My relationship is stressing me out. My name is pressuring me to have sex he says I will do it if I love him. What do i do?

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 August 2017 23:00

Hi Itumeleng naane, sorry that this is stressing you out! What your boyfriend is saying is not true. You can love someone and not be ready for sex yet. You have the right to decide when you have sex – it’s your body, and no one else should make that choice for you. Talk to your partner about it and explain how you feel. If he doesn’t respect your wishes, it’s up to you to decide how you go forward. If you ever feel unsafe in your relationship, tell a trusted adult or friend, or call the Stop Gender Violence Helpline on 0800 150 150. 



Anonymous 1 August 2017 19:49

Hi I have been having a problem a problem of painful joints,sweeping hands,knees,face and trembling hands. I went to survival doctors,I had blood tests done for gout,and arthritis but they all came negative. I have been told to follow a strict vegan diet and also avoid spices,salt and sugar but these symptoms still come and go. I'm also starting to have intense headaches. I want to know if this could be caused by something I am eating or is there any supplement I can take to ease the pain and trembling?

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 August 2017 16:57

Hi anonymous, painful joints can be part of many syndromes, it is possible that you need to have some more tests as some syndromes are difficult to diagnose – if the doctor you have seen is not able to assist, they might need to refer you to a specialist for more in-depth testing. This can be a long road but it is best to be patient until they are able to give you an answer. A good and healthy balanced diet is important, and this can often be achieved without supplements, although as a vegan you might need to take certain supplements for things which are not easily obtained from vegetables. These include Omega 3 and 6, vitamin B12 and iron, to name a few. 



Anonymous 26 July 2017 17:31

When you have a problem of having blisters in your penis that comes often

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 August 2017 22:55

Hi Anonymous, blisters that keep coming back in the genitals/private areas are probably due to herpes. It is best you go to the clinic and get checked by a nurse or doctor. They’ll be able to confirm if it is herpes and, then they can give you the right treatment.



BWise Moderators 25 July 2017 19:39

@StevenSkill1 asked on twitter: When one is virally suppressed, why can't the remaining viral cells be killed?

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 August 2017 16:41

Hi @StevenSkill1, this is a good and important question. The virus hides itself in places where the medicine can’t reach during the early time of infection. So even when you are virally suppressed (when the function and replication of a virus is reduced), the virus remains “hidden” in some parts of your body (called “viral reservoirs”). This is why the virus rebounds (returns) when you stop taking medicine – it remains important to keep taking treatment even when virally suppressed to prevent this from happening.



moitheri 16 July 2017 23:26

Hy it's me Moitheri plz expect can you plz tell me more about post traumatic stress disorder what is it and how one does get it plz

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 August 2017 22:25

Hi Moitheri, good question. After going through a trauma, many people will have reactions to it, which can affect their mind and their body. There are 4 main kinds of reactions people can have:

• avoiding everything to do with the event (this includes feeling numb – not feeling anything at all),

• re-experiencing like having nightmares and flashbacks,

• arousal (feeling jumpy or struggling to sleep) or

• feeling sad, scared, guilty or angry a lot of the time.

It only becomes post-traumatic stress disorder when someone has many of these reactions, and they last for more than a month after the event. If you or someone you know is struggling to cope after a trauma, speak to a counsellor, social worker or psychologist to get help and support – you don’t have to deal with it alone.



Anonymous 14 July 2017 15:29

I have problems with my bones from spinal cord even on my chest sometimes they become stiff can't even move....

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 July 2017 12:29

Hi Anonymous, It's saddening to hear what you’re going through. Please visit your nearest clinic or hospital as soon as you can, so you can get diagnosed by a nurse or doctor – this is the only way you can find out what's really wrong. Get well soon!



Anonymous 14 July 2017 15:06

I'm 23 years old,my partner and I we planning on having baby soon, so i need to know what is a correct procedure towards that because i am HIV+ and he is negative. Started treatment on the 2nd December 2016, bloods was taken on April 2017 and my viral load was LDL. I was also on nur-isterate injection my next date for injection was on 13 July 2017 but i didn't go for it. So is possible for me to have a baby and get pregnant this year?

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 August 2017 22:57

Hi Anonymous, for couples that are discordant (where one is positive and the other is negative) it is possible to have healthy children not infected with HIV. It’s best to see a specialist who can give step-by-step advice on how to do this. If you are in the Johannesburg area, you can visit the Hillbrow safer conception clinic. If you are in any other area, ask your doctor where you can access this service.



Anonymous 14 July 2017 13:05

Can i still have a baby?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 11:11

Hi, thank you for your question. You can read our article on If I'm HIV positive, can I have kids? 



Anonymous 11 July 2017 14:12

Hi....i live at klerksdrop and now am visiting my parents in jozi n ii have to go n collect my medication on Thursday wl i be assist or what

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 July 2017 18:21

Hi anonymous. Yes, you can be assisted. When you're in Joburg, take your medication and any other records with your medical condition to the nearest clinic or hospital, and doctors or nurses will be able to give you the right medication. You can also report good or bad service you received at that clinic here:https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/



lethabo 8 July 2017 22:54

I wanna ask if it is possible to have sex with a girl while she is in menstruating in her first periods?

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 July 2017 13:27

Hi Lethabo, yes it is possible, and OK, to have sex with a girl while she is menstruating – as long as she is OK with it. Some girls don’t feel comfortable to have sex during their period, and that’s fine too. It is important to know that a girl can still get pregnant if she has unprotected sex, even during her period.

There is only one way to protect yourself from getting pregnant or getting an STI, that's by practicing safe sex. And it can't just be safe sex some of the time, or even most of the time; it really has to be safe sex every time! Having unprotected sex (especially during menstruation) increases your chances of getting an STI, so always use a condom!



BWise Moderators 8 July 2017 11:44

Nadiseng asked how long it take me to get a response on B- wise

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 July 2017 15:27

Hi Nadiseng, your questions are sent to a leading expert and you will then get an answer within 48 hours!



BWise Moderators 3 July 2017 17:17

Titus on Facebook asked: I have been working in dust and smelly environment for some years with pigs and Iâ??m afraid of having respiratory diseases. Can I take scan or x-ray at a local clinic?

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 July 2017 17:19

Hi Titus, Well done for looking after your health! It is important to pick up problems early. You need to go to your local clinic and explain your worries. They will ask you questions about where you work, your health, breathing, and chest, and if you have experienced any problems. They will either let you know if everything is fine (then you can stop worrying) or refer you for further check-ups if necessary. Continue to look after for your health! You can find and rate your local clinic here: https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/ 



katleho 27 June 2017 18:41

I have stomach pains after my brother kick my rips.so what can i drink to remove the pains?

B-Wise Expert Expert 3 July 2017 16:57

Hi, Katleho. Being kicked or hit in the ribs and stomach can be very painful. If you see blood in your stool or urine, or if you are vomiting blood or in a lot of pain you should go to your nearest clinic for a check-up. If it is just uncomfortable and bruised but you are otherwise fine, try putting an ice pack or hot-water bottle over the painful area for 10-15 minutes. You can take anti-inflammatory pills like (brufen/nurofen) and drink a lot of water. It is not OK for someone to hurt, hit or kick you. You can get help at your local clinic if you feel unsafe. 



Anonymous 27 June 2017 18:30

I'm 32years old.with 6months pregnant. So yesterday I was at clinic for check up. They told me that the baby is too big.and I supposed to go for sonar.to check if the baby are fine or is a twins.it's possible to be a twins.

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 June 2017 12:03

Hi there. Thank you for sending your question.  There could be lots of reasons they found that the womb was bigger than expected during pregnancy. It could be because the pregnancy is further along than they thought, or there could even be twins! It is best to go for the sonar like the clinic says, to make sure  the nurses and doctors know how big the baby is, make sure the baby is healthy, and check for twins. Ask the nurse at the clinic to sign you up for Mom Connect to get weekly updates on what to expect during pregnancy.



B-Wise Expert Expert 28 June 2017 12:03

Hi there. Thank you for sending your question.  There could be lots of reasons they found that the womb was bigger than expected during pregnancy. It could be because the pregnancy is further along than they thought, or there could even be twins! It is best to go for the sonar like the clinic says, to make sure  the nurses and doctors know how big the baby is, make sure the baby is healthy, and check for twins. Ask the nurse at the clinic to sign you up for Mom Connect to get weekly updates on what to expect during pregnancy.



slender 26 June 2017 00:14

Iam kind of that girl who scared to tell my parents when iam in period pains or in menstruation?so how can i tell them or to be prove to tell them?

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 June 2017 15:09

Hi Slender, Thanks for reaching out. Starting your periods is a totally natural part of growing up and becoming a woman, and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Maybe start a conversation with your parents about what you’ve been learning at school about growing up and how bodies change with puberty. You can then tell them that you and some of your friends have started your periods now, and if you want to, you can ask for advice on how to cope with this each month. Remember it is totally normal – both your parents know about periods – but some adults also find it hard to talk about it with their children. If you find talking face-to-face too difficult, you could leave a letter for them instead. Good luck!



Anonymous 25 June 2017 00:23

I was on Nuristerate injection contraceptive for 10months and on 21March 2017 it was my return date but l didn't go because we planning a child but since March it's been 4months without my menstrual periods but my breast has been distended,painful for 2months now not pregnant what's happening May you help.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 12:51

Hi there, thank you for your question. It would be best for you to go to the local clinic and get checked by a doctor or nurse. They will examine you and tell you what the problem may be, they will also give you the right treatment. You can use the Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you.



Anonymous 25 June 2017 00:21

I was on Nuristerate injection contraceptive for 10months and on 21March 2017 it was my return date but l didn't go because we planning a child but since March it's been 4months without my menstrual periods but my breast has been distended,painful for 2months now not pregnant what's happening May you help.

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 June 2017 15:03

Injectable contraceptives have doses of a hormone called progesterone, and this hormone stops menstruation. After you stop taking the contraceptive, it can still take a few months for it to totally leave the body. Some women wait up to 9 months before they start getting menstrual periods again. But remember, you become fertile BEFORE you have your period, so you can still fall pregnant at any time. If you think you may be pregnant, visit your local clinic for a pregnancy test.



Anonymous 24 June 2017 23:55

May you help please since 2016 February l started to have a lower back pain just over the sacrum sometimes feels like it's burning, can't bend and if l stand on my feet too long my lower it's so painful l went to different Drs sent me to hospitals for an X-rays,abdominal scans,did a pap smear all is normal but the burning pain still remains it's even radiating now to my cerebral bone up my back it's burning at times and another it's painful what might it be I am so stressed now l spent lot of money seeking help in Drs and hospitals now l stopped because l don't get healed all observations are normal.what must l do?

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 July 2017 13:39

Hi Anonymous, There are many different causes to lower back pain, and it must be frustrating not to be sure what it is. Some causes have been ruled out by the tests, but another possible cause could be muscular pain. You can try to use anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxants, or a muscle rub or patch which can be bought without a prescription – however, please ask your pharmacist for advice. If it’s muscular pain, seeing a physiotherapist could help too. Please seek further medical advice if the above does not help.  


Anonymous 16 June 2017 10:12

Hi is it possible to have some drops of blood in the virgina but you are 2months pregnent, but its weak red blood.just once a day

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 June 2017 14:44

Hi Anonymous, some bleeding or spotting is possible during early pregnancy, but there is a chance that it could mean something more serious, like a miscarriage. It is best to visit your nearest clinic as soon as possible. You can also ask the nurses to register you on Momconnect where you will get information regarding your pregnancy.



Anonymous 16 June 2017 10:03

Hi is abortion free on government hospitals?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 June 2017 14:43

Yes abortion is free at government hospitals. For a list of available clinics in your area check out the clinic finder https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/.



moitheri 14 June 2017 22:32

hy it's terry again what does a pep pill do exactly ifsomeone drink it

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 April 2018 12:57

Hi thank you for your question. You can check out our article on What is PEP and how can it help me? 



eric01 10 June 2017 22:06

Hi,my stomach aches everyday and night...what are possible reasons for this matter

B-Wise Expert Expert 14 June 2017 12:59

Hi Eric, thanks for the question. A stomach ache can be caused by a lot of different things. It could be a result of an illness or problem with any of the organs in your upper body or pelvis area. Sometimes a stomach ache could be pain from somewhere else in the body which has ‘travelled’ to your stomach (this is called referred pain), or it could even be due to a pulled stomach muscle. It is best you visit your nearest clinic so that you can be examined by a health care worker – they will find the cause and be able to give you treatment.  



moitheri 7 June 2017 22:23

Hy it's terry here can you plz give me all there information about Hpv i don't know anything about it

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 June 2017 10:33

Hi, Terry. You can find all the information you need on HPV by clicking here.  

 



Anonymous 5 June 2017 21:11

hi is it possible that when u have had sex with your partner and be on your periods the next day.

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 June 2017 12:39

Hi, Yes it is possible to have a period the day after having sex, because when your period comes is based on the menstrual cycle. Having sex the day before will not change that cycle. One of the reasons the period may not come is if you are pregnant, so if you are not pregnant your period should still come as normal. Read more on your period and how it works here.



Anonymous 1 June 2017 16:01

What can I do to treat gum infection?

B-Wise Expert Expert 2 June 2017 12:53

Hi, It is very important that you brush your teeth and floss after each meal, until the infection improves. You can rinse your mouth with salt water every few hours. If you have a fever, your gums are bleeding, or you have pain, it is best to go to your nearest health care facility and get a dentist to do a check-up.



Anonymous 29 May 2017 20:44

Is it normal to have no sensation in the nipples when having sex

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 May 2017 17:56

Hi, There are many reasons that can cause loss of or reduced sensation in your nipples during sex. These can happen before or during sex, and include: hormonal/cyclical changes in your body, if you are breastfeeding, or having lots of nipple stimulation during sex. The good news is that this problem usually goes away on its own. If it continues for over 6 weeks,  go to the clinic or doctor so they can do a check-up.



Anonymous 29 May 2017 20:42

Hi.. what causes a person to lose interest in sex during foreplay

Anonymous 29 May 2017 20:40

Hi..what is postcystic ovary syndrome? Does it have an effect a person's sex life

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 May 2017 10:23

Polycystic ovary syndrome is an illness where a woman’s hormones are out of balance, and she gets cysts (tiny sack-like things that are filled with fluid, like a tiny balloon) in her ovaries. It can affect menstruation, mood and how easily someone falls pregnant. It might also make you not want sex.



king 29 May 2017 14:49

How can stop having sex

B-Wise Expert Expert 2 June 2017 12:56

Hi King. Well, that’s a very difficult question. It really does depend on why you want to stop having sex. If you are feeling forced, like you are having too much or putting yourself at high risk then it’s best to talk to a doctor, nurse or counsellor at your clinic. The decision to have sex is a very personal choice. It’s your right to say NO. But remember to wear a condom every time you have sex to protect you from unwanted pregnancy, STIs and HIV!



thakadu_mahlahlane 29 May 2017 13:09

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Anonymous 29 May 2017 12:48

Dear Expert My girlfriend has stopped using contraceptives for the past three months, because we stopped having sex. She struggled to see her periods during her first 28 days after stopping taking the pills. She got her period after 6 weeks during the 2nd month. She is still struggling to see her period this month, which is the third month after she stopped taking the pills. How can she get her menstrual cycle back to normal?

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 May 2017 17:55

Hi, The time it takes to go back to a normal period after stopping contraceptive depends on the type of contraceptive she used as well as her body's responses. This is because her body was exposed to hormones from outside of it, in the form of a contraceptive, and needs time to get back to normal. For the pill it may take about 3 months for her period to get back to normal again, and for the injection this may take longer. But this also depends on the person, the time it takes will be different for everyone.



Anonymous 28 May 2017 19:28

Hi... do kegel exercises and finger insertion cure vaginismus and do you have a have a boyfriend to start treating it because i recently went to a doctor in my university clinic and she told me she wont refer me to a gynaecologist. i must just focus on school work and it would be a waste of time since i dnt have a boyfriend.the muscles will contract again

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 May 2017 12:09

Hi Anonymous, if the nurse or doctor at that clinic was not able to provide a diagnosis for you, Vaginismus can usually be diagnosed by a doctor, so it would be a good idea for you to see a doctor at another clinic close to you. The doctor will be able to provide you with advice after they have examined you fully, and they can also give you treatment if you need it.



Anonymous 23 May 2017 10:16

hi I have a 6 years old daughter nd now she got smelly armpits so I was wondering how to get rid of the smelly armpits. have Google but did not find any help. plz help maybe recommend something.

B-Wise Expert Expert 25 May 2017 13:14

Hi Anonymous, Thank you for sending your question to B-Wise. Body odour is not common in children before puberty, so we are really glad you reached out to B-Wise for help. Your daughter's body oudor could be caused by one of two things. It may be an illness,  or it may be what we call precautious puberty. This is early puberty, before ages 8 and 9 in girls and boys. Look for other signs of puberty like breasts and pubic or armpit hair. 

If it is an illness, it would be caused by a bacterial infection that antibiotics can treat. Visiting your clinic is the best thing to do in this case.

If it is early puberty, you still need to visit your nearest clinic, to confirm that it is early puberty and get a check-up.For right now, it is best you keep your daughters clothes and bedding clean. You can also use a very mild deodorant, but check first that she doesn’t have sensitive skin. Either way, it is important that you take her to your nearest clinic for a proper check-up. If you aren't sure where to find your nearest clinic, have a look at the newly launched Clinic Finder on B-Wise here: https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search. You can also rate the clinic after your visit, and we will share your feedback with the Department of Health, but we won't share any of your details with them.



Anonymous 22 May 2017 12:26

hi, I have suddenly developed sort of a cut on my private part it's painful and my stomach feels bloated . I have had unsafe sex with my boyfriend last weekend. so I am afraid to get tested for HIV nd STI'S

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 May 2017 10:04

Hi Anonymous, there could be many reasons why developed cuts on your private parts. It is important that you visit your nearest clinic to be seen and checked by a health care worker and have an HIV test done. If you and your boyfriend would like to test together, many clinics offer couples HIV counselling and testing. Sometimes people are scared to test, but if you are HIV positive, finding it out early will make sure that you are able to receive treatment early and will also make sure you remain healthy. If you test HIV negative, you will be able to take steps to protect yourself to ensure that you remain HIV negative. Condoms are very important and need to be used every time you have sex in order to offer the most protection against STIs and HIV.



Ramtee7 17 May 2017 15:39

what is a non communicable diseases that can be passed via smoking?

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 May 2017 13:58

Hi, Ramtee7. Non-communicable diseases are diseases that can’t be passed from person to person. There are many factors that can put a person at risk of getting one of these diseases. Smoking is one of these factors because it can make a person more likely to get diseases such heart disease, strokes, cancers, diabetes and joint diseases. 



Mumzat 15 May 2017 10:24

i stopped breastfeeding my baby after he reach six months.im feeding him nestle nestum baby cereal with baby milk for babies from six months upwards.my problem is when he is toileting.his feaces are always hard.i tried constipation meds but its not working.what to do for him to have soft feaces while toileting.

B-Wise Expert Expert 17 May 2017 20:15

Hi, Mumzat, “Well done on breastfeeding baby for 6 months – breast milk is the best for young babies so that they grow up healthy and strong.

It is important to remember that babies still need milk after introducing solid foods – this could either be breast milk or formula milk, as you’ve said. He might need more milk, if he seems very thirsty. This could be a place to start. If you are still concerned, the best thing to do would be to talk to the Sister when you take baby for the next well baby visit – they can give you advice on your baby, and check him to make sure he is otherwise well.”



Ano 6 May 2017 23:10

Hi..i had sex for the first time this year and it was very painful but i thought its because i was a virgin but the second time i had it ,it was still painful. now whenever i insert a tampon or a finger it hurts.i dnt have STI bcoz i used a condom.when i googled i came across something called vaginismus and using dilators or doingkegel exercises to cure it. My question will the pain go away if i have sex regularly or i need to see a gynae and which hospitals in p.e can i go to for help.

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 May 2017 15:15

Hi Ano, thank you so much for your question. There are many reasons why you may experience pain during and after having sexual intercourse. It is possible that you are experiencing this pain because you only recently started having sex. When you have sex for the first time, there is a layer called the hymen that gets broken, so this might be what caused you pain. But there are other reasons that could explain why you're having pain after sex. One reason could be that you do not have enough lubrication during sex. This causes roughness and scratches on the vaginal walls.  Another possible reason could be if you were feeling tense or uncomfortable during sex and therefore tensing the vaginal muscles creating roughness and pain. Vaginismus is also a possible cause, but a doctor would have to diagnose you, after examining you.

In PE, you can visit can visit any public hospital and they will examine you. Once you have been seen by the doctor they will make a diagnosis and refer you to a gynae if necessary. You can also do this if you use private health providers: Start with a GP and they will refer you if it is necessary.



Anonymous 6 May 2017 23:06

Hi..i had sex for the first time this year and it was very painful but i thought its because i was a virgin but the second time i had it ,it was still painful. now whenever i insert a tampon or a finger it hurts.i dnt have STI bcoz i used a condom.when i googled i came across something called vaginismus and using dilators or doingkegel exercises to cure it. My question will the pain go away if i have sex regularly or i need to see a gynae and which hospitals in p.e can i go to for help.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 11:18

Hi Ano, it would be best for you to go to your local clinic and get checked by a doctor or a nurse. They will be able to check you up and tell you exactly what may be wrong and they will give you the right treatment. 


Shaun 6 May 2017 18:05

My friend was always menstruating everyday he tells me almost all his secret so i dont see any problem of menstruating so what sickness is he gonna get infected

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 April 2018 17:18

Hi Shaun, thank you for your question. It is not normal for your friend to menstruate everyday. It is best for your friend to visit the nearest clinic so she can get check by a doctor or a nurse. 



Mumzat 4 May 2017 22:08

Hi im hiv positive and i started arv after ive found out that im two months pregnat.even after giving birth im still on arv.my baby took blood test and results came negative.im asking about the six months period whereby i must breastfeed without formula or any food given to my child.how do i calculate six months?for example my child born 7 march 2017. do i count to 07 september2017 or month end of september 2017

B-Wise Expert Expert 6 May 2017 17:43

Hi Mumzat, it’s good to know you were able to find out about your HIV status early in your pregnancy and we’re glad to hear that your baby is HIV negative. To make sure that your baby stays negative, it’s important that you take your ARVs every day and on time. It’s definitely recommended that you breastfeed only, without giving formula or any food given to your child for the first six months. Regarding calculating the months, it should be until 7 September 2017. If you still have any questions, it is best you talk to a nurse next time you take your baby to the clinic. You can also sign up for MomConnect on *134*550*2 #



BWise Moderators 4 May 2017 18:02

Naledi â??Amzolele Phikeâ?? asked on Facebook:Good day. I would kike to know if you can take laxative while on arvs? Or is there something else to use? Thnx

B-Wise Expert Expert 4 May 2017 18:05

Hi, Naledi, It is not a good idea to use anything that causes diarrhoea, as the body does not need to be cleaned by vomiting or diarrhoea. Doing this can be dangerous. It causes a water imbalance and imbalance of other important things in your body called electrolytes. This can also be dangerous if you are taking ARVs, because it can make your viral load high and CD4 count low. This which leads to a low immune system, which can make you sick. If you are feeling that you don't have enough energy, try taking a multivitamin or vitamin B. It is also a good idea to visit your clinic or doctor for a check-up.H



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Anonymous 23 April 2017 12:50

Hi. I want to know about petogen injection. I took it on the 04th of April and I haven't been on my periods since. What could have caused this?

B-Wise Expert Expert 24 April 2017 21:13

Petogen is a type of contraceptive injection that only contains the hormone progestogen. Progestogen can stop a woman’s menstrual bleeding or causing you to bleed heavily.  Don’t worry, the blood does not build up in your body and you will not become sick by not getting your period. If you are very worried about this, please go back to your clinic to speak to a healthcare worker. 



masobility 21 April 2017 21:38

Hi,ive been having sex with my partner without the use o condom nd im hvi positive ,what will happen after that?

B-Wise Expert Expert 24 April 2017 21:15

It’s great that you know your HIV status, does your partner know their status? If your partner is HIV negative, then they are at risk of getting infected with HIV. Your partner needs to be tested as soon as possible. If they are negative then they may need to take antiretroviral pills called PEP to prevent them from being infected with HIV. PEP needs to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex... so act fast!  Whether your partner is HIV positive or negative, you still need to use condoms every time you have sex. If you are not on treatment (ARVs), you need to start taking them to lower the HIV virus in your blood.



Anonymous 27 February 2017 15:10

Hello, I am having my period for the first time since October, any idea why it stopped in the first place?

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 February 2017 17:29

Hi Anonymous, It is normal if you don’t get your period every month while you are young, but it also could be a sign that you are pregnant. If you have sex without using a condom, there is even a chance that you could have been pregnant and had a miscarriage without knowing it. It is important that you go to the clinic to be sure. Sometimes using contraceptives like the injection, sub dermal implant or some IUDs to prevent pregnancy can also stop your period, but it is best to speak to a doctor or nurse to be sure that is the cause. 



Anonymous 22 February 2017 13:28

I am 15 year old and never used any contraceptive but i am not getting my circle is irregular.

B-Wise Expert Expert 22 February 2017 13:51

Hi anonymous, we need clarification on your question: (is the period irregular or are you not getting it at all?).If you have not started getting your period at all there is no need to panic, as people start having their periods at different ages depending on their development. The normal ages of starting periods is between ages 10 to 18.

If you are having irregular periods, this is common amongst young girls who have only recently started having their periods. If the problem continues for more than 6 months it is best to visit our nearest clinic. There are several possible causes of irregular periods and most can be corrected easily with medication.



unknown 16 February 2017 16:31

Hey, since i started prevention i've been having periods for 2months now without stopping, any idea what to do to stop them??

B-Wise Expert Expert 17 February 2017 13:29

Hi Anonymous, thanks for the question. Many medications used to prevent pregnancy work by changing your menstrual cycle (period). This means that the time and length of your period may change. The best thing is to go back to the clinic so they can check you and give you the right treatment for you. If you need tablets, these can only be prescribed by a doctor or nurse (this is the only way to get hold of them). It is always best to use condoms too, as they will prevent other infections and HIV transmission.



Sokisi 3 February 2017 12:02

Goodday, I want to curcumise is there a place I can be helped around Durban CBD?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 13:06

Hi there, thank you for your question. You can use the Clinic Finder  to help you find a clinic near you. 

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Anonymous 19 December 2016 18:58

I am HIV positive and recently had a child and the Drs mistakenly left the placenta during birth. I am now experiencing problems eating. I throw up each time I eat. What can I do? I have been to the clinic and a private GP but still no help

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 December 2016 17:56

Hi anonymous, thanks for this question. Sounds like you are having a tough time! It is unusual for the placenta to be left inside the womb. If it was, you would experience bleeding, but it does not cause vomiting. It is best to go to the doctor and do a sonar to check if the placenta is still in your womb. 



Anonymous 14 December 2016 19:50

Hi B-wise. I fell pregnant at the age of 22 after discovering i was pregnant i tested for hiv and i was negative, at 5 months of pregnancy i went to a clinic and tested negative again but they told me to go to a different clinic for anc, i got tested again and my results were positive, when i asked why i was negative just two weeks ago they told me i was probably still in a window period. I accepted my status and started taking treatment. A week before giving birth i got tested and i was negative i did not pay attention to those results as i thought it was just an error. After giving birth i got tested again and i was negative, the nurse seemed shocked at my results and told me to wait for her so she can ask her bosses if this was possible since then she never came back to me. I continued with my treatment my baby is a month old and i am giving her medication as well. I would like to know if i should continue to accept my status as positive or should i get tested again, and if i am positive is it possible for the results to be negative. <br> Please help because the nurse who tested me also told me that taking medication while im not positive can affect my health.

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 December 2016 14:19

Hi  'Confused', I’m sorry. This sounds stressful.  If you tested positive on a rapid HIV test (finger prick), you most likely have HIV. Sometimes a rapid HIV test gives different results. Sometimes people test negative when they are not, because their HIV medication might make their viral load undetectable. There could also be something wrong with the test, like it has expired. Many people who test positive repeat their tests, in the hope that the result might change. Once you are positive, you will always be positive. If this happens the clinic should take a sample of your blood to be sent to the laboratory to be tested again. The result from this test can take 2 weeks and will tell you for certain if you are HIV positive. You can get this test done at your local clinic. It is very important to continue taking your ARVs until you receive the result. Please check all your baby's results and go to the clinic for all baby's appointments. Continue your baby's medication for the full 6 weeks to make sure he or she stays HIV negative. 




Anonymous 13 December 2016 12:32

Am Hub positive and am not on meds yet my CD 4 count is still high but I've gained weight thou how can I loose weight what foods should I eat and not eat what exercise is best suited for me...pls help am frustrated and hate my body

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 December 2016 13:50

Hi Anonymous, I'm sorry to hear you feel frustrated. ARVs are now available for everyone, no matter what your CD4 count. Chat to a nurse or doctor about starting treatment as soon as possible! They can also help to measure your height and weight and work out an eating and exercise plan that's right for you so that you can love the body you are in. Also check out KNOW YOUR BODY

Healthy Living for some tips on healthy eating and exercise.



Anonymous 13 December 2016 12:25

Morning my name is lisa and am HIV positive...Am female and am 27years old. I've been having irregular bleeding and my shoulder and spinal cord hurts...my one eye is constantly painting in which stage am I in

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 December 2016 13:43

Hi Lisa, Thanks for your question. Without ARV treatment, which is now available for everyone, HIV can make your immune system (which fights disease) weak. If you are not on treatment, it is best to talk to a nurse or doctor to get started! They will do some tests to determine your HIV stage and work out the best treatment for you.



Anonymous 18 November 2016 16:16

Need to test but I have my doubt as this counsellors tells the about our status. I need my info to be private

B-Wise Expert Expert 24 November 2016 14:00

Hi Anonymous, well done for making the decision to test. Counselling and testing for HIV is supposed to be private and this means your information is not supposed to be shared with anyone. Health care professionals are required to keep all information about patients confidential.For more information on HIV check out Know your status? Get tested! What to expect on B-Wise.


Anonymous 14 November 2016 13:58

Is it normal to have continous headaches after you have inserted Implanon?

B-Wise Expert Expert 17 November 2016 14:00

Hi there. Yes, the implanon does come with side effects in some people. Your headache can be treated with pain tablets like Panado or Brufen. They should go away soon after starting implanon, but if they don't, visit your nearest clinic.


zakespeter 13 November 2016 19:14

I finally have a baby girl. I'm worried about her she has heat sores on the head,neck,stomach and between her two thigh.i don't understand this one on the stomach as after its split open and it's growing up in a circle its a size of a tennis ball its looks likes she got burnt

B-Wise Expert Expert 17 November 2016 14:00

Hi Zakespeter, Congratulations on your baby girl. Rashes can be caused by many things, so a doctor would need to see it to give you the best advice. The first thing to do is take her to the clinic to be examined. Try to go as soon as possible, so your girl can get the medical treatment she needs. You can also join MomConnect by dialling *134*550# where you can ask any questions regarding the health of your baby.


zakespeter 28 October 2016 19:08

hi. I'm 39 weeks and six days pregnant. i want to know it's normal by this time i haven't gave birth.

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 October 2016 14:00

Hi Zakespeter, most babies do not arrive on their due dates. It is normal to not to have given birth at 39 weeks. So there is nothing to worry about. Your baby can arrive anytime from 37 weeks to 42 weeks. However, it is Important to go for a check-up and keep your doctor or nurse up to date on how things are going. If your baby is still not born at 42 weeks, you should see the doctor as soon as possible. If you want to receive more information about your baby for free from NDOH, register for MomConnect at your local clinic or dial * 134 * 550 #.


BWise Moderators 11 October 2016 16:48

Hi Anonymous. Great question! Lots of people have been talking about cupping after seeing some of the Olympic athletes use it. But just because we have seen athletes use it doesnâ??t mean that it is has been tested. For any treatment to be used in South Africa it has to be tested to check that it works and that it is safe for human beings to use. There have been studies that say cupping may help for pain, but this has not been proven yet. If and when cupping is confirmed to work on pain and is also safe, then it may be used in South Africa.

BWise Moderators 11 October 2016 16:44

Hi Taphillys, Thanks for the question. Itâ??s great that you are asking for help. Your child will have to be seen by a doctor or nurse again and be examined to find out what could be wrong. Ask your doctor if they can check your child for other symptoms along with the coughing, like weight loss.

Anonymous 22 September 2016 08:21

Why don't Doctors and hospitals allow or recommend patients in doing Cupping, as cupping is good for the blood circulation and body

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 13:35

Hi there, thank you for your question. Cupping is not recommended because it can be very dangerous if it is not done correctly or done by a professional 


Mizan 22 September 2016 08:19

What is the cause of bleeding through the backside whilst doing number 2?

B-Wise Expert Expert 29 September 2016 14:00

There are a many reasons why you may bleed doing number 2 such as piles, a cut, anal warts or irritable bowel syndrome in the anal area. If you are constipated as well, eat fruits and veggies and drinking lots of water! But it is best to go see a doctor or nurse so that they can give you a proper check-up and treatment.


Anonymous 17 September 2016 18:39

Hello I have a problem with bad breath.I floss and brush my teeth twice daily but I still have the problem.I happen to have stomach ulcers,could it be the ulcers causing the bad breath?

B-Wise Expert Expert 24 October 2016 14:00

Hello Anonymous, Thanks for your question. It can be frustrating when you take care of your teeth, but you aren't sure where bad breath is coming from. It is possible that it is the ulcer that is causing the bad breath. But there are many other causes of bad breath, like tooth decay, thrush in the mouth, and a throat infection like tonsils and a chest infection. It's a good idea to visit a dentist or speak to your doctor or a nurse for a check-up. They will be able to find the cause of your bad breath.


taphillys 17 September 2016 16:01

Hi my daughter;s been coughing 4 3yrs nd I tried different doctors nd always get the same medication (amoxicillin) and after some time she gets the same attack.is there anything I can do to help her get rid of this cough.

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 13:39

Hi, thank you for your question. This seems like a serious case especially since you have been to the doctor. It is best that you take your daughter to see a specialist so they can check her and tell you exactly what the problem may be.


Anonymous 24 August 2016 23:32

What is PVD sexually transmitted infection?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 13:54

Hi Anonymous, PVD stands for Provoked Vestibulodynia and it is not a sexually transmitted infection. It is the uncomfortable feeling or pain that a woman feels when the vulva (outside of the vagina) is touched. If touching your sexual parts or putting in a tampon is painful, it is a good idea to see a nurse or doctor for a proper check-up. Also, remember to always use a condom with your partner to avoid any STIs.



B-Wise Expert Expert 29 August 2016 11:00

Hi Anonymous, PVD stands for Provoked Vestibulodynia and it is not a sexually transmitted infection. It is the uncomfortable feeling or pain that a woman feels when the vulva (outside of the vagina) is touched. If touching your sexual parts or putting in a tampon is painful, it is a good idea to see a nurse or doctor for a proper check-up. Also, remember to always use a condom with your partner to avoid any STIs.