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B-Wise User Anonymous 19 February 2019 09:40

My bladder is weak so I go to the toilet more than 13 times a day...So what can be done

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B-Wise User Anonymous 18 February 2019 23:21

Hi. My periods duration was seven days when they started but now they are just three to four days and the flow is lower than usual. What is wrong with me?

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B-Wise User Anonymous 18 February 2019 19:31

Hi. Does masturbation cause pimples?

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B-Wise User Anonymous 18 February 2019 17:47

Hello. i am 28 years old lady. I have pain from my womb and it goes down to my vagina.its so painful even when i urinate. And i have a problem with sleeping with different men even when i dont want to.i dont enjoy.i feel if i sleep with them i will feel loved and cared for. I hate doing this because i am married. Please help me.

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B-Wise User Anonymous 17 February 2019 17:22

Can a needle prick cause hpv

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 00:20

Dear Anonymous. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI).  HPV is passed on through genital contact, most often during vaginal and anal sex. HPV may also be passed on during oral sex and genital-to-genital contact. Most infected people do not realize they are infected or that they are passing the virus on to a sex partner. People who share needles with others are at higher risk of contracting or transmitting HPV. You can also read this article: How do you get HPV?, for more information.  



B-Wise User Anonymous 16 February 2019 19:58

I have a smelly discharge and some times I feel pains in my genitals what could be the problem

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 00:54

Dear Anonymous. Having a smell from your vagina is normal. It can change slightly throughout the menstrual cycle or after sex.  In your case since it’s a foul smell, it could be a sign of a vaginal infection called bacterial vaginosis (BV). It is not an infection caught from your partner but caused by an overgrowth of bacteria that are normally present in the vagina. 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 strong and has a thick green/yellow/brown discharge then that could also be a sign of an infection. Also if there is an itchy cream discharge this could be a sign of thrush. Read this article for more information: What is vaginal thrush or a yeast infection? 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.



B-Wise User Anonymous 16 February 2019 11:50

How to deal with an abusive boyfriend?

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 01:11

Dear Anonymous. Thank you for your question. If there is an adult you know and trust, tell them and if you are in danger or worried about your safety right now, call the police on 10111. Remember, abuse is never OK, and it is never your fault. If you call Childline on 08000 55555 you can also ask them about your options for reporting and getting help. Check out this article for more information: Am I in an unhealthy relationship?



B-Wise User Anonymous 15 February 2019 22:40

I had an abortion 2 weeks ago using misoprostol pills Will there be any complications if i want babies in the future?

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 01:28

Dear Anonymous. Knowing you’ve had an abortion can leave you worried about the impact on future pregnancies. It’s completely natural to worry about how your abortion may have affected your chances of getting pregnant again but it's important to know that it doesn’t mean it will affect your chances of one day being a mum. After having an abortion, you should wait at least a month before getting pregnant again – your body has gone through a lot and needs time to recover. Read this article for more information about termination of pregnancy: Termination of pregnancy: The facts



B-Wise User Anonymous 15 February 2019 21:51

I had miscarriage I feel like I lost everything I'm not the same person anymore sometimes I feel angry not talking to people nice

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 01:43

Dear Anonymous. Having a miscarriage is a physically and emotionally difficult experience under any circumstance. The loss is painful. Though time and comfort are often the best healers, it helps sometimes to understand the grief and mourning process that can accompany a miscarriage, and to know what you can do to start coping with your loss. The important thing to remember is that mourning is a process that takes time. You can speak with your doctor, who can refer you to a counsellor or psychologist. They can support you through the process and give you some guidance.  



B-Wise User Anonymous 15 February 2019 21:39

Hi after giving birth i have been experiencing vaginal odors and thick bloody discharge sometimes it's clear i got treated but it comes back after a while

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 01:59

Dear Anonymous. There could be many reasons for your condition. It’s best you go back to your nearest clinic so they can examine you further. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 15 February 2019 18:18

What causes breast cancer ?

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 02:22

Dear Anonymous. The exact causes of breast cancer is unclear but it is caused by uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the breast. People with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop breast cancer. A risk factor is something that may increase the chance of getting a disease. Some risk factors (such as drinking alcohol) can be avoided. But most risk factors (such as having a family history of breast cancer) can’t be avoided. Having a risk factor does not mean that a person will get breast cancer. Many people who have risk factors never develop breast cancer. Remember, you don’t have to be a girl to get breast cancer. Boys can also get breast cancer! Breast cancer can be treated if it is diagnosed early, so if you notice anything out of the ordinary on your chest or breasts, it’s best that you visit your local clinic and get checked. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you.



B-Wise User Anonymous 15 February 2019 13:43

Good day .... is it normal that my whole body is in pain? and no pain meds is working

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 02:36

Dear 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. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you.



B-Wise User Anonymous 14 February 2019 10:00

What are signs of bp?

B-Wise Expert Expert 15 February 2019 08:03

Dear Anonymous. High blood pressure means your heart has to work harder than normal. This can lead to heart problems and heart failure. Swollen ankles, fatigue (feeling tired all the time), feeling dizzy or nose bleeds are common signs of high blood pressure.

Common causes of high blood pressure include:

·         Smoking

·         Drinking too much alcohol

·         Too much salt in food

·         Being overweight

·         Not exercising

Testing for high blood pressure is free at your local clinic. The nurse or doctor can help you understand how to control your blood pressure using medication and lifestyle changes. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you.



B-Wise User Anonymous 13 February 2019 21:57

Hello...Im 20 years and I delivered via c-section last year in July...since then I haven't menstruate...should i be worried?

B-Wise Expert Expert 13 February 2019 22:49

Dear Anonymous. We understand you may be feeling anxious but It's hard to say exactly when your periods will start again. The timing is different for every mum, and it depends on your body, as well as how you're feeding your baby. Your periods will take longer to come back if you're breastfeeding. It can be up to a year before you have a period, as long as you're breastfeeding round the clock. If you're formula-feeding your baby, your periods usually start again between five weeks and three months after giving birth. Your periods usually come and go if you’re breastfeeding and formula feeding your baby.

It’s best you see a doctor or nurse for a further examination. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you.  



B-Wise User Anonymous 13 February 2019 20:12

What are art

B-Wise Expert Expert 17 February 2019 23:48

Dear Anonymous. Antiretroviral treatment (ART) are medications that treat HIV. The drugs do not kill or cure the virus. However, when taken in combination they can prevent the growth of the virus. When the virus is slowed down, so is HIV disease. ART helps people living with HIV live longer, healthier lives and reduces the risk of HIV transmission. Read this article for more information: Have more questions about HIV?



B-Wise User Anonymous 13 February 2019 18:09

Am growing 2 small warts between my legs both side not far from testicles they sometimes itching Wat night be the cause?

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 02:46

Dear Anonymous. Genital warts are caused by a virus known as Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Usually, the body immune system will fight the virus, but there is no cure for HPV. Most people get HPV from unprotected sex. 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.



B-Wise User Anonymous 13 February 2019 17:45

Good day. I had dark red discharge for 3days now on the fourth n fifth day I experienced periods of heavy flows then had dark red discharge again until now, I tested pregnancy n it's negative so is there any problem?

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 03:01

Dear Anonymous. Thank you for your question. There many reasons for ladies to have irregular menstruation's and it would be best to go and have a check-up and a pap smear to make sure it isn’t something serious. It is also a good idea to do another pregnancy test if there is a possibility that you might be pregnant. If everything is fine, then the doctor can start you on oral contraceptive to regulate your periods. You can also get screened for HIV and STIs. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you.



B-Wise User Anonymous 13 February 2019 15:28

Hello,Im 48 years on.family planning injection which do not allow me menstrate. Please how do I know if have reach menopause

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 03:16

Dear Anonymous. It is very difficult to tell if you are going through  menopause if you have the injection. Menopause starts around the age of 51 when it happens naturally. But it can happen before you turn 40. The age at which yours will start is mostly determined by your genes. Some of the symptoms are, mood swings, hot flashes, sweating, racing heart and headaches. Speak to a doctor or nurse for further advice. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you.



B-Wise User thera 13 February 2019 12:58

I have a rush between the legs what can be cause of this I'm worried about this pls healp

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 03:23

Dear 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.



B-Wise User Anonymous 13 February 2019 12:25

Hi im an HIV positive young guy i just discovered late last year but now im on my ARV's and and im living healthy now i haven't yet disclosed on my wife and she is now planning to have a second baby and i don't know what to say coz we have been using a protection ever since please advice

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 03:30

Dear 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 her shows not only that you are responsible, but that you care about her health. It will also give her a chance to disclose her status to you. Not sharing your status with your wife will put her at risk of also getting the virus. Give her a chance to understand your fears and concerns. The sooner you tell her, the better for you and her. You can check out our article Dating when you’re HIV positive to give more information.

 



B-Wise User Anonymous 13 February 2019 08:01

Hi I'm 33 years I'm living with HIV I would like to ask if do I have to eat special food because of my status? if yes will u please list the food for me. Thank you.

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 03:35

Dear Anonymous. Thank you for your question. There's no specific eating plan for people living with HIV, but an overall healthy diet can help your health a lot. The best thing you can do is to start exercising and eating healthy foods. 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, Eat well to stay well: Healthy food, healthy life for more information.



B-Wise User Anonymous 12 February 2019 22:52

I am 13 years old and I have a lump in my breast,can I expect a possibility of breast cancer?

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 04:00

Dear Anonymous. Read this article Check your breasts today-it's so easy!, and be familiar with how your breasts look and feel, and report any breast cancer symptoms that appear. It’s best that you visit your local clinic and get checked. The sooner the better!



B-Wise User Rahab mathebula 12 February 2019 20:55

I like to ask if I'm drink my ARvS pills each and every day but i still loss weight what can I do tho recover to gain my weight again. Place I need help

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 03:49

Dear Anonymous. ARV (antiretroviral) medications can have major side effects for some people. But it’s really important that you keep taking them so you can keep your body healthy and protect it from infections. There's no specific eating plan for people with HIV, but an overall healthy diet can help your health a lot. The best thing you can do is to start exercising and eating healthy foods. 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, Eat well to stay well: Healthy food, healthy life for more information.Visit your nearest clinic and tell a nurse or doctor about your side effects. They might be able to help, or give you advice about how to manage the side effects. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 12 February 2019 16:02

How can a person know if they are carriers of HIV? Are the any symptoms

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 04:50

Dear Anonymous. The only way to know is to get tested for HIV. After you have been tested, the doctor can determine your health situation, CD4 count, HIV viral load and resistance tests among other things.



B-Wise User Anonymous 12 February 2019 15:36

3.73L *10 ^9/L white cells Lymphocytes 27.61L Absolute CD4 288 Cell/ul -what is the simple explaination to this records

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B-Wise User Anonymous 12 February 2019 15:35

I'm getting fat and develop a belly? What must i do to try to keep size 32 that i'm wearing now or loose weight and belly.

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 05:08

Dear Anonymous. Thank you for your question. You can check out our Healthy Living section to get tips on how you can lose the weight.



B-Wise User Oratilwe 12 February 2019 15:13

What are syphilis

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 February 2019 05:21

Dear Anonymous. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Syphilis can be spread by any type of sexual contact. People with syphilis will develop one or more sores. The sores are usually small painless ulcers. They occur on the genitals or in or around the mouth. You can read this article for more informationSTI questions? All the answers...         



B-Wise User MYD199929 12 February 2019 15:13

I'm Founder of Makombandlela Youth Development how can I do to partnership with BWise Health?

B-Wise User Anonymous 12 February 2019 15:13

What is the maximum cd4 that determine a person to be positive?

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B-Wise User Anonymous 12 February 2019 15:03

What are the chances that ur partner that u have been having unprotected sex for months with test negative while u test positive ?

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B-Wise User Anonymous 12 February 2019 15:01

Can the 72hours of contracting HIV be calculated by the time u had sex ?

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B-Wise User Anonymous 12 February 2019 14:58

Hi ,what are the chances a person can be diagnosed with HIV within/during the window period

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B-Wise User Anonymous 12 February 2019 13:07

What's likely to cause ovarian cysts

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B-Wise User Anonymous 12 February 2019 12:48

Good day Usually before, on and after my period I have something like a boil that's very painful on the labia major. Is it normal? Should I see a gynecologist?

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B-Wise User Anonymous 12 February 2019 11:33

Vaginal warts spreading to the perenial area towards the anus.

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B-Wise User Anonymous 12 February 2019 11:30

how can one remove vaginal warts?

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B-Wise User Anonymous 11 February 2019 20:41

Also is it possible to become infected with others disease such as STI and STDs after sleeping with your boyfriend without using a condom?

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B-Wise User Anonymous 11 February 2019 20:39

I slept with my boyfriend without using a condom is it possible to be infected with HIV after sleeping with him and is it possible to become pregnant.

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B-Wise User Anonymous 11 February 2019 18:41

Hi,I'm not sure if this is relevant but I read somewhere on a comment given by an expert that one should visit a clinic that he/she feels comfortable with, what then happens if one is forcefully made to visit a clinic they don't want to visit? How does one address such an issue. Thank you.

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B-Wise User Anonymous 11 February 2019 17:10

If you are born with HIV and AIDS,should u feel ashamed?

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B-Wise User Anonymous 11 February 2019 17:09

If you feel like going to check for HIV and AIDS at the clinic,should you go alone or with a friend?

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B-Wise User Anonymous 11 February 2019 10:49

I've been diagnosed with Genital Herpes at the clinic and got a referral letter to hospital and the Dr gave me a prescription to go buyat the Pharmacy (Warts Magic) I've used this medicine and it burns like crazy for 8 days because I want these warts gone soon,so my question is how long will it take for my genital warts to heal and my skin go back to it's normal state

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 February 2019 11:46

Dear Anonymous. Genital warts are caused by an infection called the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Most people get HPV from unprotected sex. Warts can go away on their own without treatment, but in your case this can take a few months or a couple of years. Even when the warts are gone, the virus will still be in your body and skin. This means that even if you can't see any warts, you can still pass it on to your partners. The only way to protect your partners from HPV is to always use a condom when you have sex.




B-Wise User Anonymous 11 February 2019 08:48

Hello... What's causing penis head to have some kinda red painless rash around

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 February 2019 11:36

Dear Anonymous, having a rash on the penis does not always mean one has a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI). If the rash continue and you are having sexual contact of any kind, it’s best you visit your nearest clinic to get tested and treated for an STI. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you. Also, remember to ask your partner to also visit the clinic and get tested. To avoid STIs remember to wear a condom during sex or during sexual contact.




B-Wise User Anonymous 9 February 2019 22:41

My discharge has a funky smell,it smells like its mixed with urine yet it the color is normal or sumtyms watery,wat causes this?

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 February 2019 06:07

Hi there, Thank you for your question. A smelly discharge is often a sign of an infection. If there is an infection, it will need to be treated for it to go away. Please go to your nearest clinic. They will ask some questions and examine you and most likely give you some medicine for it to go away. Remember if it is an sexually transmitted infection (STI), it can be spread by having unprotected sex. It is important that your partner is also treated to prevent repeat infection. Using condoms every time you have sex will stop this from happening again.



B-Wise User munhle78@gmail.com 9 February 2019 22:14

It is possible to get HIV from someone, after the condom burst, and the girl was not bleeding or any blood. How can u have it without exchange of blood during sexual interaction

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 February 2019 06:02

Hi there, get all your HIV facts here https://bwisehealth.com/article/hiv-aids-get-smart-know-the-facts



B-Wise User Anonymous 9 February 2019 19:07

I am taking TB treatment butits been 2weeks but when i walking up tge stairs or walk a distance i still cough and my chest is tight is this normal, is my chest will still clear up

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B-Wise User Anonymous 9 February 2019 15:25

Good day, I'd kindly like to ask. I would like to get tested ASAP but my thing is I'm too embarassed to go to my local clinic which is actually the best option for me since I don't have money further more furthermore I don't know how I would handle everything should the results come otherwise. Would it be possible to an STI &STD screening for all STDs & STIs at the clinic. I also read that I can visit a clinic outside my community if I am uncomfortable- I can do that to get tested but I won't be able to go there every month should the results come back positive. What can I do? My other fear is being judged by nurses at the clinic as I have so many stories of how they mistreat patients and are unfriendly towards them. Should I be confident and trust that my status won't be something the nurses use as gossip because they've done it to others. Going for a doctors visit was something I'd consider because people feel comfortable myself included as it is a safe place for them, but I'm not financially stable. I am not really sure what I should do. Please help.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 February 2019 19:33

Hi there, well done on your decision to get tested. You can go to any clinic for testing. If the result is positive then you can make the decision where to go for treatment. Find and Rate your local clinic here https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/



B-Wise User Anonymous 9 February 2019 13:26

Hello please help I have genital warts... what can I use or do to get rid of them? Thank you

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 February 2019 06:04

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.



B-Wise User Anonymous 8 February 2019 10:03

Can the 3days be calculated by hours?for instance u had unsafe sex unknowingly of ur partners status from 11pm-00h00 12th February then on the 15th February same year at 4pm be detected of HIV is it possible?

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B-Wise User Tapiwa 8 February 2019 09:51

How safe is oral sex?

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 February 2019 09:58

Hi there, it is always important to use a condom when having oral sex because the risks of contracting an STI from oral sex are real. You can also use a dental dam, a piece of latex that covers your partner's private parts or anus so there is no direct contact, read this article for more information https://bwisehealth.com/article/can-i-get-an-sti-from-oral-sex



B-Wise User Anonymous 7 February 2019 22:15

Is it possible to detect HIV in 2days after hvng unsafe sex with a positive partner??if yes, what maybe a possibility to it if no wat can be the theory to it hence ur 5months boyfriend test negative wen u test positive aftr 2days of 1day stolen unsafe sex?

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 February 2019 08:26

Hi there, PEP is a pill given to people who may have been exposed to HIV, and it can prevent them from becoming HIV positive. If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, or had sex without a condom, PEP is for you. Click here to learn about PEP https://bwisehealth.com/article/what-is-pep-and-how-can-it-help-me

PrEP is a pill that has 2 anti-HIV medicines taken daily to prevent HIV for HIV-negative people, click here to learn about PrEP https://www.myprep.co.za/users



B-Wise User Anonymous 7 February 2019 13:48

Can a urine infection be cured?and what could cause a woman to have the same symptoms of a treated infection to always reappear in a while(6months,a years time)?

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B-Wise User Anonymous 7 February 2019 13:39

Can a person be diagnosed with hiv before they start seeing the symptoms? And what are the most early and common symptoms of HIV

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 February 2019 06:10

Hi there, get all the HIV facts you need here https://bwisehealth.com/article/can-you-tell-that-someone-is-hiv-positive-just-by-looking-at-them



B-Wise User Anonymous 7 February 2019 13:37

Is there any form of sti or std that can lead to one being HIV positive? How much viral load nd cd4 count does a negative person hold/have?

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B-Wise User Anonymous 7 February 2019 13:34

Hi, is it possible that one can be positive and your recent or former partners are negative and you were having unprotected sex for long with them separate times ofcourse and what are the chances that a positive person who takes treatment the right way can have unsafe sex with their negative partner and not infect them?

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B-Wise User S.coeries 7 February 2019 12:16

Why does people get HIV

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 February 2019 16:47

Hi there, read this article to find out how people get infected https://bwisehealth.com/article/hiv-aids-get-smart-know-the-facts



B-Wise User cindy lee 7 February 2019 12:16

why do we cry

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 February 2019 13:23

People cry when they feel strong emotions. The emotion can be happy or sad or angry or scared. Our brain tells our hormone system that we are feeling the emotion, and that makes our body produce tears. Crying is sometimes a way for us to let out emotion, so it can be healthy, and that’s why we might feel better after crying. If you are crying a lot, it’s probably a good idea to think about what you are feeling strongly about – maybe it helps to talk to a friend or loved one about it, or perhaps it’s something you need to deal with on your own.



B-Wise User cindy lee 7 February 2019 12:16

why do we die

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 February 2019 13:22

That’s a good question, without an easy answer. Medically, people die when their heart stops beating or they stop breathing – but if you have lost someone in your life, you know how hard it is to understand death or accept that someone is gone. All religions and cultures have their own ways of explaining death, and it might be worth thinking about your own beliefs, or talking about it and asking questions to people who share your beliefs. And if you are still not sure, that’s OK too. None of us have all the answers, all the time. If you are struggling to understand or cope with your feelings, talk to your loved ones about it, or speak to a counsellor, social worker or psychologist.



B-Wise User nazlee.s 7 February 2019 12:15

On what age can you beginning sex

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 February 2019 16:43

Hi there, in South Africa, the law states that you can only consent (agree) to sex if you are 16 years or older. Read this article to learn more https://bwisehealth.com/article/sex-on-the-mind-are-you-ready



B-Wise User cindy lee 7 February 2019 12:15

how can we protect our bodys's against hiv

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 February 2019 16:41

Hi there, this is how you can protect yourself from HIV https://bwisehealth.com/article/hiv-aids-get-smart-know-the-facts



B-Wise User S.coeries 7 February 2019 12:13

how can I protect myself against HIV

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 February 2019 16:39

Hi there, read this article to learn how to protect yourself against HIV https://bwisehealth.com/article/hiv-aids-get-smart-know-the-facts



B-Wise User temeka 7 February 2019 12:12

How do people get a baby when they are still children

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 February 2019 05:57

Hi there read this article to find out how https://bwisehealth.com/article/vagina-talk



B-Wise User shavandre 7 February 2019 12:11

how can get people hiv

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 February 2019 16:34

Hi there, read this article to learn more about HIV https://bwisehealth.com/article/hiv-aids-get-smart-know-the-facts



B-Wise User JUNIQA 7 February 2019 12:06

on what age can you begin sex

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 February 2019 16:30

Hi there, In South Africa, the law states that you can only consent (agree) to sex if you are 16 years or older! Read this article to find out more https://bwisehealth.com/article/sex-on-the-mind-are-you-ready



B-Wise User Anonymous 6 February 2019 15:30

I am on the 3 months injection 4 less than a year an never gt my period ,i went January 4 my injection as it was my time an should only return in April the 4th ,bt my problem is i started bleeding which never happens is this normal or wat pls advise thank u

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B-Wise User Anonymous 6 February 2019 13:42

Hi, I'm a 26yr old gay male, I recently started dating a guy with HIV. I am considering going on PrEP, and would like to know how it works. Since I am unemployed, I usually go to state hospitals and clinics. Would I be able to receive PrEP from the clinic?

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 February 2019 09:53

Hi there, click on this link to learn more about PrEP https://www.myprep.co.za/users. And here you can see where the closest PrEP providers to you are: https://www.myprep.co.za/index.php/locations



B-Wise User Anonymous 5 February 2019 16:25

I am 36 yrs old and it's my first pregnancy .I'm 20weeks but I get tired of using stairs and run out of breath.What causes that and can I take flu medication?

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B-Wise User Anonymous 5 February 2019 14:28

How long does the contraceptive Depo leave your system if it was only injected twise?

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 February 2019 05:55

Hi there, it usually takes about 6 to 12 months to get back to normal fertility after stopping the injection, depending on the type and on the individual.



B-Wise User Anonymous 5 February 2019 14:12

How can you get aids

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 February 2019 15:58

HIV there, read this article to learn more about HIV/Aids https://bwisehealth.com/article/hiv-aids-get-smart-know-the-facts



B-Wise User Anonymous 4 February 2019 21:51

Wht time is exceptd to do a implant

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 February 2019 15:37

Hi there, click on this link to learn more about the implant Hi there, read this article to learn more about the implant https://bwisehealth.com/article/the-implant-a-contraceptive-you-only-need-to-replace-every-3-years



B-Wise User Anonymous 4 February 2019 21:32

Is implant save to use

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 February 2019 15:35

Hi there, read this article to learn more about the implant https://bwisehealth.com/article/the-implant-a-contraceptive-you-only-need-to-replace-every-3-years



B-Wise User Anonymous 3 February 2019 15:39

Hi I'm 31 years old and a mother of 3 I noticed a Hump at the back of my neck, what can be the course?

B-Wise Expert Expert 4 February 2019 19:10

Hi there, there can be many reasons why you may have that hump on  the back of you neck. It would be best for you to visit your local doctor and get it checked so you can get the right treatment 


B-Wise User Anonymous 2 February 2019 22:25

I am a student and think that periods are going to disturb me becoz because they are painful and I don't know what to do please help

B-Wise Expert Expert 4 February 2019 19:15

Hey there, you can find your answers here https://bwisehealth.com/category/girl-s-body-guide



B-Wise User Anonymous 1 February 2019 18:57

Hi, I will be starting my classes on Monday and I'm a first year student. I have been feeling a little off for the past five days because I've been all alone since Monday and I feel like I am sick yet I know I am not. I always want to sleep all day long because otherwise I feel like crying. And unfortunately at night when it's time to sleep I lack sleep and end up dozing off at about 3 am in the morning. I'm in a foreign town, know no one from here, what should I do to fell better?

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2019 09:41

Hi there, thank you for your question. It must be very difficult for you to be in a new place and not knowing anyone. It would be a good idea to come out of your room a bit, get some fresh air and try to make new friends. By making new friends you won't feel so lonely.



B-Wise User Anonymous 1 February 2019 11:45

My period always comes twice on 1 month n its heavy flow it always last for about 8-10days is it normal??

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2019 09:55

Hi there, it would be best for you to visit your local clinic and get checked by a nurse or a doctor 



B-Wise User Anonymous 1 February 2019 10:25

Why do we experience morning glory

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2019 12:34

Hi there, you can get all your answers here https://bwisehealth.com/article/why-do-men-get-erections-in-the-morning 



B-Wise User Anonymous 31 January 2019 21:32

What makes us youth to musterbation

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2019 13:00

Hey there, you can find your answer here https://bwisehealth.com/article/how-to-masturbate-safely



B-Wise User Anonymous 31 January 2019 16:42

Do men grow breast????

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2019 13:00

Hey there, thank you for your question you can find your answer here https://bwisehealth.com/article/bodies-are-different-what-s-your-type 



B-Wise User Anonymous 31 January 2019 13:18

I have had intense chest pains for the past two days I have anxiety but I took medicine for that and it didnâ??t help so I crossed that off the list I also have a headache and am very hot and woke up with little blisters on my nose

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2019 13:02

Hi there, thank you for your questions. This seems like you may have to get checked out by your doctor at your local clinic



B-Wise User Anonymous 31 January 2019 13:16

Iâ??ve had intense chest pains for the past two days I have a headache and am very hot

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2019 13:05

Hey there, there can be many reasons why you are getting chest pains. Its best for you to visit your local clinic and get checked by a nurse or a doctor.



B-Wise User Anonymous 30 January 2019 19:13

I have been getting bloody discharge I want to know if it's normall

B-Wise Expert Expert 4 February 2019 19:22

Hi there, yes it is normal. This could be the start of your menstruation . You can find out more about your period here https://bwisehealth.com/article/questions-about-menstruation-your-period 



B-Wise User Siibo 29 January 2019 20:20

I have rash i went to clinic i ddnt get help.i went to chermistry and the gave me allergex..it getting worse now .its all over my face and it turn to wounds and it swell

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2019 13:14

Hi there, sorry to hear that you didn't get the help that you needed, remember to rate that clinic on the clinic finder https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/ . It would be best for you to visit another doctor and tell them exactly what happened.



B-Wise User Anonymous 29 January 2019 18:37

Hi expert, November I bled lots of blood and clots at that moment I thought it was menstruation because I was on periods, following month I went to the doctor because it couldn't end and they tested positive on pregnency but they said it might be an earra but no showing of anything. Now I've been trying for a baby,so did that at any chance affect my womb or will it be safe for the baby if it happened,because I didn't clean just drank pills they gave me.

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2019 13:16

Hi there, its important that you ask the doctor or nurse what pills they are giving you. If you are still concerned its best for you to visit your gynecologist and get checked again .



B-Wise User Anonymous 29 January 2019 12:02

Is it okay if we have sex before 16?

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2019 13:22

Hi there, thank you for your question. Remember there is no specific age where its okay to have sex, the most important that you are ready https://bwisehealth.com/article/sex-on-the-mind-are-you-ready 



B-Wise User Anonymous 28 January 2019 21:18

My periods have been dark brown for the past four years and my papsmere is normal, last month my period was half a day so I'm asking if it's a sign of concern and what can I do

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2019 13:27

Hi there, thank you for your question. There can be 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  to the clinic so they can check you and give you the right treatment for you. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 28 January 2019 09:10

Good morning My little brother is on ARVs his a teenage boys (14 years old) I'm concerned that his growing breast I'm not sure if this has to do with the treatment that his taking

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 January 2019 08:39

It is possible that the ARV medication your brother is on may be giving him a side effect of growing breasts. He should report to his clinic and let them know that this is happening. He should not stop his medication on his own but the doctor or nurse who is looking after him should make a plan to change him off a medication called efavirenz if he is on this as it is the most common cause for young men on ART so grow breasts. It can be very distressing for these young guys so that doctor or nurse must take it seriously and try to help. Depending on how big his breasts have become the way it is managed changes so the first step is to go to clinic and make sure that someone listens and hears that there is a problem and makes a plan to do something about it. It is not an emergency so he might not have his medication changed right away, they will probably want to check some blood tests first to help decide what to switch to. If you are able it might be a good idea to go with your brother to clinic to help explain the problem as he might be too embarrassed to ask.  There can sometimes be other reasons that a boy’s breasts grow which is not related to the ARV drugs so this is why he should not stop on his own and should keep taking every day until a plan is discussed with the doctor or nurse.



B-Wise User Anonymous 27 January 2019 16:56

Hi just found out that im 5month pregnant nd hiv positive. Started taking my meds. I want to know what are the chances of my child being born negative?

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 January 2019 06:16

Dear Anonymous. Yes, it is possible to have an HIV negative baby if you are taking your antiretroviral medications (ARVs) correctly. The sooner in your pregnancy you start taking ARVs, the better they work to keep you healthy and protect your baby from HIV infection. If you're already taking ARVs, don't stop. You can check out this article: What do I do if I'm HIV positive and find out I am pregnant? In our HIV section for more information.




B-Wise User Anonymous 27 January 2019 16:08

I suspect that someone is touching my child but I don't have proof and I already went to hospital they said no damage to a child parts and child is touching herself and she is 3 years old

B-Wise Expert Expert 29 January 2019 06:44

Dear Anonymous. You can a have a calm conversation with your child, letting her know you have noticed that they don’t seem to be acting as they do normally. Your child may tell you something about what they are experiencing. You can also reach out to Childline which is an organisation that aims to protect children's rights at 08000 55 555. This article will also give you more organisations that you can contact for help: Child Protection, you are not alone.


B-Wise User Thuso,tp 27 January 2019 16:08

I have nonstop hiccups n my ears r painful and m suffering with balance I can't walk straight or stand with one leg I did operation back in 2011 they said my spine had liquid but the problem never went away I need help please.. Thanks

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 January 2019 04:49

Dear Thuso,tp. There are many medical reasons for the symptoms you describe. We suggest you go back to your nearest clinic, and possibly be referred to an ear nose and throat specialist, and possibly neurology department. Be patient, and let the medical team help you find the cause and give you the medical treatment that will help.




B-Wise User Anonymous 26 January 2019 09:38

Hi, I we just found out that my dad is HIV positive he was given pills not ARVs because they took blood tests Frist to check his blood count and cd4count so meanwhile they gave him pills to take before the results are back. But now the pills they gave him are making him weaker her falls and can't walk when he drinks them but if he didn't drink them he gets well and talks aswell as can walk even long distances, what could be the cause of him falling and does it mean the pills are wrong or what is it

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 January 2019 05:02

Dear Anonymous. Usually after someone is confirmed to have HIV, the health care workers will need to do some blood tests and TB tests before starting ARV therapy. In the meantime, the patient is given a variety of multivitamins. These do not usually cause the side effects you are describing, but instead help with appetite and strength. We would suggest that your father returns to his nearest clinic to report these new symptoms, and get correct advice and assistance.




B-Wise User Anonymous 25 January 2019 18:52

Hi, I have been using the Nur Insterate injection for the past 3 and a half years. The last 4 months my body is reacting differently to the injection. I never used to get cramps or see my period when on the injection. And suddenly for the past 4 months I am getting heavy cramps and been seeing my period not a heavy flow but it would last for 7-14 days. Is this normal? Seeing that I had been using the injection for soo long, but my body is reacting differently now. Please help.

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 January 2019 14:10

Dear Anonymous. Women react differently to the different forms of contraception. It’s best you go back to your local clinic and ask a doctor or nurse to put you on the pill for a month to try sort the problem out. Learn more about the different kinds of contraceptives here.




B-Wise User Anonymous 25 January 2019 13:16

Hello I has an hiv exposure during November(unprotected sex). I took a 4th generation elisa test at 40 days almost 6 weeks and another one at 8 and 2 days both were negative. I know that I need to retest at 12 weeks. Why were the 4th and 5th generation hiv test introduced if one still needs to test at 12 weeks? Isn't the 4th generation elisa test accuracy at about 6-8 weeks? Thank you

B-Wise Expert Expert 30 January 2019 16:51

Dear Anonymous. You are right that the newer HIV tests are designed to pick up an HIV infection more quickly, even within 2-3 weeks but the recommendation remains to check again after 12 weeks from the last risk exposure to make sure that a new infection is not missed. It is not likely but the guidelines are cautious from that respect. If you have been at risk of HIV due to unprotected sex and this is a situation which may happen again then I would recommend you to see a doctor or nurse who can talk to you about HIV prevention, including PREP, which is a daily tablet people can take to prevent HIV. This can be an excellent option if you are not always able to control whether your partner will use a condom. However the PREP tablet, usually called Truvada, only protects against HIV and not other sexually transmitted diseases so using a condom is still a good idea. If you are a woman then it is also important to check that you are not pregnant and to think about going onto a reliable form of contraception as condoms are not the best way to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. If you are a man with a regular female partner who you don’t use condoms with then perhaps talk to your female partner about contraception. And whether you have male or female partner(s) try to use condoms every time you have sex.




B-Wise User zakespeter 25 January 2019 08:40

Hi Last year November my two year old daughter started creche,first week of her attending creche in the morning at home when woke her up,her eyes are full swelling greenish covering her whole eyes.and also were red Then we stopped her from going to creche then suddenly she became alright. Now starting 2019 we send her back again to the same creche. It's two weeks now she is going to creche she is starting now her while she is sleeping at night are covered with greenish that's coming inside the eyes.please help me I don't know if the problem is at creche.we don't know what our children are eating there cause they never told us.

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 January 2019 13:07

Dear Zakespeter. It’s important that you let the crèche know of what is happening to your daughter so they can monitor her closely. She may have an allergic reaction to something in the crèche. Allergies can cause skin irritation, itching of the eyes and watery, red swollen eyes. Your daughter could be allergic to dust, food or pollen which is a fine powder that comes from trees, grass and flowers- spread by wind. It’s best you also visit your nearest clinic so they can do an examination. A doctor or nurse can tell you the cause and give you the right treatment. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. If the problem continues, you may consider looking at taking your daughter to another crèche around your area.




B-Wise User Anonymous 24 January 2019 21:47

im still bleeding 11 weeks after giving birth, not bleeding alot though just a bit as I now wear pantliners and not pads. is this normal though

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 January 2019 06:51

Dear Anonymous. If you have a vaginal delivery or Caesarean section, you’ll have vaginal bleeding and discharge after birth. Bleeding is heaviest the first few days after your baby is born. Some women only bleed for 6 weeks and some women will have bleeding that continues for longer than normal. It all depends on how long it takes your uterus to heal.If you have are worried, it’s best you visit your local clinic and see a doctor or nurse for further advice. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you.




B-Wise User Goldengirl 24 January 2019 20:22

Iâ??ve got a question. I went on the 3 month injection in September 2018, when the injection stopped in November 2018, I didnâ??t go back. I got my periods December 2018, the 24th. For 5 days. As per normal. I never had my period duration of the injection 3 months so I was abit concerned that I got almost immediately the next month. But anyways, now January, I didnâ??t get my period. Is this normal? Is it normal to get your period immediately the next month and skip the next month?

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 January 2019 06:03

Dear Goldengirl. Irregular menstrual periods, or no periods at all are the most common side effects after being on the injection. Remember, you can still become pregnant after your last shot. If you’ve had unprotected sex, It’s best if you visit your local clinic as soon as possible to get further assistance. Ask the nurse or doctor at your local clinic to also take a pregnancy test. You can find your nearest health 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.




B-Wise User Anonymous 23 January 2019 20:52

I am married. I am 28 years old.i have a problem enjoying sex qith my husband.i fantasize about it but wen i do it i feel like i am being abused. And also i always feel like rubbing my vagina untill it pains then i get thick white discharge.pls help

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 January 2019 05:35

Dear Anonymous. It’s important to know that sex is something pleasurable that you and your partner should be enjoying. Pleasure during sex can also be about feeling close and turned on by your partner, so it also helps to make sure you trust them, and explore different ways to do foreplay. Relax and take all the time you need. Anxiety may also be contributing to your symptoms (like if you’ve had a bad experience in your past, or have a fear of something). To figure out what it is, it might help to speak to someone like a counsellor or a psychologist. You can also check out these two articles: Is it OK for girls to masturbate? and Masturbation and Orgasm: Touch & Play for more information.

A discharge may be a sign of an infection. It’s best you visit your local clinic for a further examination. You can also read this article: I have a discharge - do I have an STI?




B-Wise User Anonymous 23 January 2019 20:42

Hello.... what causes a woman my age to have severe womb pains and not enjoy sex

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 January 2019 05:05

Dear Anonymous. Sorry to hear you’re feeling this way. 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 Lastly, you may also have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or vaginal condition which got worse during sex. If the pain is ongoing it’s best you visit your local clinic to see a doctor or nurse for a further examination. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you.




B-Wise User Anonymous 23 January 2019 14:50

after giving birth to my daughter,my metrual flow became so low,it evetual stoppe after a year.what could be the cause and will these have an effect on my health?what can i do to get it back?i am 26 now and still want more kids

B-Wise Expert Expert 25 January 2019 15:19

Dear Anonymous. We understand you may be feeling anxious but It's hard to say exactly when your periods will start again. The timing is different for every mum, and it depends on your body, as well as how you're feeding your baby. Your periods will take longer to come back if you're breastfeeding. It can be up to a year before you have a period, as long as you're breastfeeding round the clock. If you're formula-feeding your baby, your periods usually start again between five weeks and three months after giving birth. Your periods usually come and go if you’re breastfeeding and formula feeding your baby.

It’s best you see a doctor or nurse for a further examination. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you.  




B-Wise User Fifian 22 January 2019 23:42

Hi I'm fifian I had a child 2016 and was breast feeding so since my breast are growing,they are so heavy when the bra is out I'm experiencing a constant pain under my larger breast.i can not sit laying on my back I have to sit up straight all the time its really painful. Can it be serious

B-Wise Expert Expert 25 January 2019 14:29

Dear Anonymous. If you recently stopped breastfeeding, it’s normal for your breasts to become larger, heavier and sore. If the swelling or pain gets worse, visit your local clinic for further advice. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you.  




B-Wise User Anonymous 22 January 2019 21:27

how long does a vagina heal after birth? its 6months now but i still feel pain.

B-Wise Expert Expert 25 January 2019 13:17

Dear Anonymous. It takes about 4 to 6 weeks for the vagina to heal but it can take longer if you experience severe tearing. It’s best you visit your local clinic so a doctor or nurse can assess you. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you.  





B-Wise User Anonymous 22 January 2019 20:19

I had a small rash in my vagina and went to the clinic and I was given a vaginal cream which worked later I was later dignosed with tonsillitis as week later. I tested for hiv and it was negative. Iâ??m worried I could be positive. Itâ??s been a month since possible exposure

B-Wise Expert Expert 25 January 2019 11:49

Dear Anonymous. There are a few reasons why you may have a rash. If the rash continues and you are having sexual contact of any kind, it’s best you go back to your nearest clinic so they can do an examination. A doctor or nurse can tell you the causes of the rash and give you the right treatment. Also, remember to ask your partner to also visit the clinic and get tested. To avoid STIs remember to wear a condom during sex or during sexual contact. You can also read: I don’t want to get an STI- how can i protect myself? for more information.




B-Wise User Anonymous 22 January 2019 16:13

i am a rape survivor, i sometimes feel like talking to someone because everytime a topic of rape comes up i panic and feel like they are referring to me.i tried talking to my husband but he hates talking about my past and he would just crush the topic.

B-Wise Expert Expert 25 January 2019 11:16

Dear Anonymous. The trauma of being raped can leave you feeling scared and alone and ashamed. Recovering from rape takes time and the healing process can be painful. You can speak to a rape counsellors, social workers, psychologists at your nearest clinic who can help you through the process. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you. SADAG can also connect you to groups in your area, or numbers to call for support.  Call 0800 21 22 23 to find a support group. You can also find more contacts in this article: Help & Support: Mental Health & Substance Abuse.




B-Wise User Anonymous 22 January 2019 16:03

I'm a rape savivor and went through rejection,now I'm married my past ordeal it's tormenting me and i even lost affection to my husband. I'm suffering from anger.

B-Wise Expert Expert 24 January 2019 15:12

Dear Anonymous. The trauma of being raped can leave you feeling scared and alone. Recovering from rape takes time and the healing process can be painful. SADAG can connect you to groups in your area, or numbers to call for support. Call 0800 21 22 23 to find a support group. Click here for more information: http://www.sadag.org/index.php? You can also read this article: Trauma and 'bad experiences': Not a sign of weakness.




B-Wise User Anonymous 22 January 2019 14:02

I have tb n this is my second month taking treatment is it possible for my son who is 1 yr 7 months old to get tb while taking pills for preventing tb.coz every time he is always with me n l am still coughing

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 January 2019 12:20

Dear Anonymous. Health care providers must have placed your son on medication to prevent him from getting TB, since he is under 5 years of age and is living with you. This medication should help him, but if you have any concerns, visit your nearest clinic for him to be assessed. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you.  You can also read our article I have TB, how can I protect others? for more information.




B-Wise User Anonymous 21 January 2019 22:27

Am 4months pregnant but my tummy doesn't show...at times I don't even feel pregnant... I haven't done a scan and I fear wat if am not pregnant... Wat can I do

B-Wise Expert Expert 22 January 2019 11:00

Dear Anonymous. Firstly it’s important that you check your baby’s development and see if it’s growing properly. It’s best you visit your nearest clinic and see a doctor or a nurse as soon as possible. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you.  Secondly, yes it is normal for your tummy not to show at four months pregnant. There are a few reasons for this; if you are a first time mom you are likely to show later in the pregnancy because your muscles have not been stretched by a previous pregnancy; if you are tall you are also likely not to show early because you have more space for the baby to fill; your babies position in your uterus can also change your tummy’s appearance.  


There isn't a specific time when moms-to-be are supposed to start showing, because it happens differently for different women. As long as your doctor or nurse says your baby is developing properly, there's no cause for concern. You can also read our article What to expect from pregnancy for more information.






B-Wise User Anonymous 21 January 2019 20:43

Hello I have "pimples" on my vigina that causes me rush and at the clinic they said I must use savlon but its not working. Please help

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 January 2019 20:58

Dear Anonymous, 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, it’s best you go back to your nearest clinic to get tested and treated for an STI. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you. Also, remember to ask your partner to also visit the clinic and get tested. To avoid STIs remember to wear a condom during sex or during sexual contact.




B-Wise User Anonymous 20 January 2019 21:40

My partner and I did not use a condom recently when having sex. I started noticing that my discharge is more yellow, frequent and slightly wetter. It also had a bad scent although the scent is slowly dying down.

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2019 13:33

Hi there, thank you for your question. It is possible that you may have an STI, it is best that you visit the local clinic as soon as possible and get checked and get the right treatment. Remember to always use a condom everytime you and your partner have sex to protect yourselves from HIV, STIs and unplanned pregnancies.



B-Wise User Anonymous 20 January 2019 21:37

So I had unprotected sex mistakenly with my boyfriend almost a month ago. A few weeks later I had some spotting but it was almost like my usual periods but slightly light in flow, darker and I had to change pads the way I do when Iâ??m on my periods. Iâ??m not sure when to expect my periods now because of the spotting. I consulted a doctor and I was told everything is fine. I took pregnancy tests twice and they both came out negative. Could I be pregnant?

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2019 13:45

Hi there, thank you for your question. There can be many different reasons why you may have had spotting, it doesn't always mean that you are pregnant. You can find out more here about spotting https://bwisehealth.com/article/i-am-spotting-what-should-i-do



B-Wise User Anonymous 20 January 2019 21:15

My woman doesnt see her periods nd she is not pregnant wht de problem

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 January 2019 11:16

Hi there, get all menstruation facts here: https://bwisehealth.com/article/menstruation-facts-what-is-your-period



B-Wise User Anonymous 20 January 2019 20:33

my periods take over two weeks before they ene

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 January 2019 11:19

Hi there, you can get all the menstruation facts you need here: https://bwisehealth.com/article/menstruation-facts-what-is-your-period



B-Wise User Anonymous 20 January 2019 17:18

I was diagnosed with depression after trying to committ suicide.i was raped when I was 5yrs(cousin)for abt 2yrs,Nd yet again when I was 9yrs till I was 15years(uncle).I got the counselling I lack emotional support from my family bcoz they think the battle is won bcoz my uncle's served his time in prison Nd now to them justice has been done.so I let home Nd stayed with my boyfriend,yoh he abuses me emotionally Nd physically .he fails to support me ,when I ask him y he doesn't acquire abt my condition,he asks me "who is the one Dats depressed?",I feel like the world is cavin in worse I'm unemployed with my degree Nd it makes me worthless Nd just puts me down.i just want to get support groups for people dealin wit depression ,Nd have been sexually, emotionally Nd physically abused.please help

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 January 2019 09:13

Hi there. Thank you for sharing your story. It’s very understandable to feel depressed and desperate after what you have gone through (and are still going through). We are glad you are surviving and reaching out, and you are aware of what you are feeling, which is really important. You are not worthless and you deserve love and support – everything is harder without support. SADAG can connect you to groups in your area, or numbers to call for support. Call 0800 21 22 23 to find a support group, and there are some more helpful numbers here. And if you feel suicidal again, tell someone you trust or go straight to a hospital to get the help you need – there are ways to start feeling better. Please let us know if you need more help.



B-Wise User Anonymous 20 January 2019 16:16

I am a mother of four and I married man who is playing with my heart

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2019 13:40

Hi there, thank you for your question. That must be difficult for you to deal with, you can visit your local clinic and speak to a counselor who will support and guide you.



B-Wise User Anonymous 20 January 2019 16:11

I am struggling to forgive people who have wronged me especially my father. Its starting to affect my life and i left home because of him he did and said lots of bad things.

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 January 2019 11:24

Hi, it sounds like you’ve been through a lot with your father. You can’t change what’s happened in the past, and we can’t change who other people are either – so your father is who he is – but you can forgive. Forgiving means letting go of how much pain something is causing you – it’s not saying what they did is OK, or that you won’t still feel hurt about it, but it’s saying you won’t carry the burden and the pain of what happened any longer, and you won’t let it make you bitter. That means working through the pain and accepting that it happened. For some people, it helps to talk about what hurt you with someone you trust – that could be a friend or family member, a counsellor, psychologist or social worker. The pain will always be part of your life story, but it doesn’t have to decide your whole future and how happy you are now. You can’t force yourself to forgive before you are ready, so give yourself time.



B-Wise User Anonymous 19 January 2019 18:36

I'm not sure if I'm really preg just that about 7 weeks ago I engaged in dry humping I'm actually a virgin and uhmmm two weeks after that I did a preg test and it said I'm not preg but I've missed my periods twice and its freaking me outð??­ and I want to terminate

B-Wise User Anonymous 18 January 2019 17:22

Good day.if a child is born from an hiv+ women and is exclusively on formular milk. What medication shud the child b on?N for how long?

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 January 2019 09:42

Hi there, the HIV prevention medication the child is given will depend on the mother’s viral load around the time of delivery/giving birth. If the mom is well on ARVs with an undetectable viral load confirmed on a recent blood test then the baby would just get nevirapine syrup once a day for six weeks. If for some reason mom’s viral load was high when she gave birth (like some women who start treatment later in pregnancy or don’t take their treatment so well) then the baby should get two syrups - the one called nevirapine once daily and another one called zidovudine twice daily for 6 weeks. When baby is six weeks old these syrups can stop as long as mum is not breastfeeding at all. At six weeks old the baby should be given another syrup called cotrimoxazole once daily until all HIV testing has shown baby does not have HIV. The dose of the syrups will depend on the baby’s weight and will be calculated by the nurse. Any baby born to a mom living with hiv should have an HIV test done at birth, at 10 weeks of age and at 18 months old if never breastfed. This testing may change in 2019 with new guidelines coming so check with your clinic at each EPI (immunisation) visit. You should always make sure you have enough syrup to last for your baby until the next clinic visit. If it is getting low then go and explain and collect more. The syrup(s) the baby gets are to prevent HIV infection which can happen during pregnancy or labour/giving birth, even if you never breastfeed. Remember, it is safe for women living with HIV to breastfeed and this is always the preferred option if the mom is being well looked after on ARVs with an undetectable viral load. If a mom is breastfeeding she must always keep taking her ARVs every day because they are keeping her healthy and protecting baby from HIV infection too. Women should try never to forget or stop their ARVs. If you forget your time, because having a new baby can be really hard, take your ARVs late - even four or five hours late / this is better than missing a dose completely. If a woman has an undetectable viral load from the time she gets pregnant, throughout her pregnancy, when she gives birth and throughout breastfeeding then her baby should be HIV free. If you are not sure your baby has the right syrups or you do not know how much to give or how to give the syrups then always ask at the clinic before you leave - it is better to check with your nurse or doctor or pharmacist than to make a mistake when you get home.



B-Wise User Anonymous 18 January 2019 14:09

Hi. Iâ??m a 28 years and Iâ??m a married woman. Iâ??m struggling to conceive. I went to the doctor and he told me to have sex during ovulation and we tried that for about 6months but I canâ??t seem to conceive. Iâ??m having my periods nomally. Is ther anything I can do to improve my ability to fall pregnant . I am not on any contraception Iâ??ve never been on contraception and also Iâ??ve never conceived before.

B-Wise Expert Expert 23 January 2019 09:38

Getting pregnant can be difficult. Usually we say that a couple should start to wonder if there is a problem with getting pregnant if they have been trying together for at least 12 months and have not got pregnant. Trying means that you and your partner need to have regular sex, at least twice per week, without a condom throughout each month, except when the woman is on her period. The days you have sex should not be just on weekends so having sex twice a week but on Saturday and Sunday only is not ideal, your times to have sex need to be spread out over the week. For some people timing sex to ovulation can help but it can be very difficult for some to know when they are ovulating so this can actually mean they end up having sex not enough times and on the wrong days of the lady’s menstrual cycle. If you are not sure about when you are ovulating then an ovulation test kit, which works a bit like a pregnancy test, using your urine to see when you are releasing your egg, can be helpful. You can buy these kits at the chemist. It is important that if you are trying to get pregnant that you and your partner know your HIV status and that if either of you have HIV you are well on treatment with an undetectable viral load before you stop using condoms together. It is also a good idea to go to the clinic together and get checked for other sexually transmitted infections before you start trying because you don’t want to get an STI since this can create a risk of having problems with fertility. If after one year of trying to get pregnant having regular sex with no condom you are still not pregnant then it is time to see if there is a problem. You could go with your partner to a doctor or ask for a referral to gynecology. Remember, it is not always the woman who has a problem. It is just as common for the man to have an issue like a low sperm count so both of you should be checked, unless your partner has children with someone else.



B-Wise User Anonymous 18 January 2019 14:06

Severe irregular periods of 55 days cycle

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2019 13:28

Hi there thank you for your question. There can be 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 to the clinic so they can check you and give you the right treatment for you. I



B-Wise User Amuhelang2016 16 January 2019 17:53

Can ARV's affect fetility in any way i have been trying to get pregnant its almost 2 years now i had missed miscarriage in 2016

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 February 2019 13:59

Hi there, thank you for your question. ARV's are not known to affect your fertility, it would be best that you talk to your doctor or nurse who can advise and give you the treatment you need. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 7 January 2019 18:59

I just recently finished matric so I didn't notice this any earlier because I was focused on my studies. I have a personal diary and I checked when last I was on my period. So I had irregular periods for some time then I've never had a period since the last I recorded in April of 2018. I'm very concerned I think it may be PCOS, YOUR HELP AND ADVICE WILL BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED THANK YOU.

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 January 2019 10:24

Hi, thank you for your question. Menstrual cycles may take some time to find a regular rhythm, and it is normal to skip periods for some time. It all depends on when your periods started. If you are concerned about your period or if you are sexually active, it would be best to visit your local clinic to get checked by a nurse or a doctor Clinic Finder  



B-Wise User Anonymous 7 January 2019 10:45

My two months baby had a rash and at the clinic they gave us emulsifying ointment and aqueous cream but it made his rash worse so we stopped using it and just bathed him with plain water and the rash disappeared but now it's coming back again what should I do?

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 January 2019 10:24

Hi there, thank you for your question. There can be many different causes that caused your baby to have a rash. The most common causes are irritation by soaps, creams or nappy products. Aqueous cream that doesn’t have perfume can help take the rash away, but if this doesn’t help you can visit your local clinic and get checked by a doctor or a nurse (remember to tell them what didn’t work last time) Clinic Finder  



B-Wise User MissNtombi 7 January 2019 09:02

Hi will I be provided with PEP at my local clinic if I ask for it

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 January 2019 11:05

Hi, thank you for your question. Yes,  it is possible to be provided with PEP at your local clinic if it is available. If it is not available they will refer you to another clinic that offers PEP. Remember you can only be given PEP within 72 hours of being exposed. You can check out this article for more information on  PEP  



B-Wise User Anonymous 6 January 2019 00:30

Can a 17 year boy have heart enlargement?

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 January 2019 06:19

Dear Anonymous. Yes, a young person may have an enlarged heart if they have a medical heart condition. If someone is told they have an enlarged heart by a nurse or doctor then they should be able to ask for more of an explanation of what exactly that means and what is causing it and whether there is any treatment. Causes might include a weak heart that is a bit floppy, fluid around the heart which makes it look big, a heart that is working hard so has had to grow bigger to cope. Or it may be a problem that the young person was born with a small hole in their heart that changed the heart’s normal shape. Usually someone with an enlarged heart will have some symptoms, like shortness of breath, coughing, not being able to lie down flat at night and swollen ankles.



B-Wise User Anonymous 5 January 2019 09:44

Good day Please help before I consultant a gynecologist. I'm 33 years old and I have 2 kids 11 and 4. My problem is I was abstinent for a year and six months. On the 1 of Jan I had sex and the experience was so bad,why because i didn't feel the guy, I mean I felt loose down there. Now I'm thinking of going to a gynecologist to have some procedure to tight in my vagina, if there is such a procedure. Please help is there any other ways.

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 January 2019 06:17

Dear Anonymous. Feeling loose after giving birth to 2 children is common and can be helped by specific physiotherapy exercises called kegels or through some surgical procedure options. If you are worried it’s best to visit a gynaecologist for an assessment and to ask about the available options. Usually exercises would be tried first before thinking about a surgical procedure.




B-Wise User Anonymous 3 January 2019 18:48

Hi. Please kindly advise. I had sex with my boyfriend but later that day when I took a bath i noticed that I had my period started. Could I be pregnant by any chance. Thank you.

B-Wise Expert Expert 4 January 2019 10:01

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.




B-Wise User Anonymous 3 January 2019 10:03

Good day.. I have just recently found out that I'm HIV positive and started treatment. Problem is I have been having UN protected sex with my boyfriend for over a year and sometimes did it while on my periods. Is the a possibility that he might be infected. What are the risks? Thank you.

B-Wise Expert Expert 4 January 2019 10:13

Dear Anonymous. Yes, your boyfriend could have been infected but the best way to know is for him to get tested. Use our Clinic Finder to find a clinic near you. HIV can be transmitted through unprotected sex when your viral load is not suppressed. Having unprotected sex also increases your chances of getting an STI and other infections. You can also fall pregnant. It’s important to practice safe sex at all times. Using a condom can help protect you and your boyfriend from STIs and other infections. Check out our HIV section for more information.




B-Wise User Anonymous 2 January 2019 17:23

Am having a girlfriend nd we are having a 2years baby,therefore we find that my she pregnant of which so far we cannot manage to have another baby... We decided to go nd do abortion, I like to know about the risks nd areas where we can do an abortion?

B-Wise Expert Expert 2 January 2019 17:25

Termination of pregnancy (abortion) should be a freely accessible service to all pregnant persons who wish to make use of it. Not all government healthcare facilities are able to provide the services, but many can. You can find your local clinic here https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/ and if they do not provide the services, they will refer you to the clinic or hospital that can assist. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 30 December 2018 16:31

My infant has diarrhea what should I do ?

B-Wise Expert Expert 4 January 2019 13:02

Hi there, you should make a sugar-salt solution (1L cooled boiled water, 6 teaspoons of sugar and half a teaspoon of salt). The baby should be given this solution to replace the losses of fluid and nutrients through diarrhoea. After one day, the solution should be discarded and more should be made if the diarrhoea continues. If the infant has the following danger signs, you should go to the local clinic:

·         Not drinking or vomiting everything

·         Drowsy or lethargic

·         Convulsions/fits

·         Bloody diarrhoea

You can find and rate your local clinic here: https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/



B-Wise User Anonymous 28 December 2018 08:11

I've been on arv treatment since the beginning of the month. Will drinking moderate amount of alcohol make the arvs less effective? Will alcohol affect my CD4 count and viral load?

B-Wise Expert Expert 4 January 2019 13:00

Hi there, moderate alcohol use with ARVs is not usually problematic if you are over 18. In general, one or two drink is likely to be fine, if this is something you enjoy.

Heavy drinking, however, can lead to missing doses of your ARVs. This can cause your treatment to fail. This means that if you have a drink, make sure you find a way to not miss any of your meds. Moderation is important.

Two other concerns are important for people living with HIV:

1.       Alcohol can also make Efavirenz side effects worse, in particular feeling dizzy, so be careful about this.

2.       Alcohol can make hepatitis or other liver complications progress more quickly. Alcohol is not recommended if you have hepatitis. See this information from a guide to HIV and hepatitis C: http://i-base.info/guides/hepc/alcohol        



B-Wise User Anonymous 27 December 2018 19:28

Good day if one is positive and taking treatment, when they choose to start a family would it be easier and safer to start a family with someone whose already infected and taking treatment then to be someone who is negative. Because mistakes happen and one can get mistakenly infected when they are involved with a person who is positive. And would the mother be able to breastfeed the baby.

B-Wise Expert Expert 2 January 2019 09:32

Hi there, there is always a risk of transmitting infection between a person who is HIV negative and one who is positive in a sexual relationship. However, there are many discordant couples (this means where one partner is negative and the other is positive) who have very healthy and intimate relationships that do not result in infection for the negative partner. Of course, one must be aware that there is a risk involved, and take steps to mitigate this risk. If the positive partner is taking their HIV treatment regularly and without fail, and is following up frequently with their healthcare provider to ensure that their viral load remains undetectable, this greatly minimises the risk of transmitting infection. Furthermore, discordant couples should also protect themselves by using a condom or other barrier method in addition to this. Obviously, this can become a problem when a couple wants to become pregnant. In this instance, there are safe ways to manage this process, but it should always be done in close consultation with a doctor, particularly one at either a specialised HIV clinic or a fertility clinic, in order to ensure the minimum chance of something bad happening, to either partner, or to the infant. With regards to breastfeeding, the World Health Organisation suggests that HIV positive mothers should exclusively breastfeed their children for the first six months (that means no formula or other foods in that time, only breastmilk), All infants born to HIV positive mothers should receive antiretrovirals as post-exposure prophylaxis to ensure they don't become infected. The type and duration of medication depends on a risk assessment that will be performed by the healthcare provider.



B-Wise User Anonymous 20 December 2018 17:31

High Risk Exposure I had unprotected oral and vaginal sex 35 days ago. At 15 days I took a 4th generation elisa test negative results and at 35 days I took a rapid hiv test results also negative. I know that the results are conclusive at 3 months. I have many of the common acute hiv infection. Is there a chance of my results changing to positive? Thank you

B-Wise Expert Expert 21 December 2018 22:15

An HIV window period is about 6 weeks. This means your body may not have produced traceable antibodies against the HIV for a period of about 6 weeks. Although some more advanced HIV tests may decrease the period to about 2 weeks, it is best to have another test at 6 weeks to confirm your test results. We always recommend 3 months to be sure that there is no chance of missing the window period.



B-Wise User Anonymous 16 December 2018 16:15

Can a person who have diagnosed breast cancer live long

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 December 2018 09:18

Hi , thank you for your question. Yes a person can live long with breast cancer provided they are on the right treatment.



B-Wise User Anonymous 12 December 2018 08:10

If your viral load is undetectable does it mean that if test your result will be negative and is it ALWAYS the case? My viral load is not detectable but when I tested my result was positive.

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 December 2018 22:48

Hi That hot gal. Thank you for your question. In most cases you wont be able to pick up your viral load as it may be too soon, that's why it is important to get tested every three months. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 10 December 2018 20:50

I have anger problems, this started after I was diagnosed with HIV and at the time I found out I'm HIV positive, I also found out that I'm pregnant. This has been the most difficult time of my life. I dnt even know how to tell my family. I feel that sometimes when we talk about HIV they become judgemental. My anger is even driving my partner away and he supported me through this discovery. I need help.

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 December 2018 22:56

Hi Vuyiswa c, thank you for your question. It is completely normal to be upset about everything you have mentioned. Its not easy finding out that you are HIV positive nor is it easy to talk about it to your family. When you feel you are ready and you are comfortable talking to your family then that’s when you should tell them. There are counsellors and psychologist that can help you through your situation, you can find them at your local clinic. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 10 December 2018 19:01

I have been HIV positive for the past 16 years but, my weight is not picking up. I wonder why cause I take my treatment accordingly

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 December 2018 23:03

Hi Preshley, thank you for your question. You may not be picking up weight because you may not be eating healthy foods as often as you should.  In order to pick up weight you need to eat foods such as fruit and veg, as this boosts your immune system. If you are still concerned about your weight you can talk to a nutritionist on helping you change your diet. 



B-Wise User NCMavuso 10 December 2018 10:21

Hi have backpain for almost a month now last week was so sore that i was not able to move or sit proper. I went to see a pharmacist gave me Uniflex and another tablets for swelling and inflamation but this tablets are finish and still have the pains since first week of October started running in the morning and doing same yoga exercises. How to stop this pain and i was thinking maybe its kidney related problem not that i had kidney issues in the past it was just a thought

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 December 2018 22:45

Hi there NCMavuso, thank you for your question. It seems as though you have been experiencing this pain for quite a while now. Due to the swelling and the pain it would be best for you to visit your local clinic and get checked by a nurse or a doctor as soon as possible as it may be an internal injury. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 10 December 2018 10:02

Am HIV POSITIVE and am scared to tell everyone what's must I do

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 December 2018 22:40

Hi Thandekarh, thank you for your question. You don’t have to tell everyone your status straight away, and you only have to tell people who you trust and who you feel comfortable with. You only need to tell the people you trust when you feel that you are ready. It is important to tell your sexual partner/s your status so they can get tested as well. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 10 December 2018 09:05

Hi have been diagnosed with HIV i Have been taking ARV'S my partner is Negative and we plan to have a baby next year what can I take to boost the chances of us have a baby

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 December 2018 14:48

Dear Anonymous, thank you for your question. In order to have the most chance of falling pregnant, one must not be on any contraception and must have lots of unprotected sex about 12 to 18 days after the first day of your 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 lots of sex over the few days before and after ovulation, therefore from around day 12 to 18.  You will not always fall pregnant the first month you try, most people need to have lots of sex for 6-12 months to fall pregnant.  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. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you.





B-Wise Expert Expert 11 December 2018 14:48

Dear Anonymous, thank you for your question. In order to have the most chance of falling pregnant, one must not be on any contraception and must have lots of unprotected sex about 12 to 18 days after the first day of your 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 lots of sex over the few days before and after ovulation, therefore from around day 12 to 18.  You will not always fall pregnant the first month you try, most people need to have lots of sex for 6-12 months to fall pregnant.  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. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you.





B-Wise Expert Expert 11 December 2018 14:47

Dear Anonymous, thank you for your question. In order to have the most chance of falling pregnant, one must not be on any contraception and must have lots of unprotected sex about 12 to 18 days after the first day of your 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 lots of sex over the few days before and after ovulation, therefore from around day 12 to 18.  You will not always fall pregnant the first month you try, most people need to have lots of sex for 6-12 months to fall pregnant.  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. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you.





B-Wise User Anonymous 21 9 December 2018 16:49

Hi,I have a problem I have a boyfriend that really loves me and wants to marry me but I am not sure about it because I have a problem that I love him and the next day I don't and I end up cheating on him looking for something better but it seems like my heart yawns for more and it is never satisfied what is wrong with me why don't I ever appreciate what I have and always look for "for something better"

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 December 2018 15:15

Dear Anonymous. Sounds like your emotional needs have or are changing. Make a list of what your needs are right now and if you feel he doesn’t satisfy most of your needs, it’s best you move on. Cheating on your boyfriend will only make things worse as trust will be broken. You can also read this article Am I in an unhealthy relationship to help you make your decision.




B-Wise User Anonymous 9 December 2018 16:46

Hello, I've been recently been diagnosed with Bipolar mood disorder II. I have suffered with my mental health for years. I had to drop out of University this year because of it. I am struggling with this new reality and I don't know how I am going to continue affording the medication. I am not on medical aid. I am losing hope.

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 December 2018 14:41

Dear Anonymous. It is not easy living with bipolar, well done for reaching out for help that is a big step. Take it step by step and don’t have unrealistic goals. Some things do take time but eventually everything falls into place. There is help that is available, there are people who will talk to you and help you through this difficult situation. You can get all the numbers here: Help & Support: Mental Health & Substance Abuse. Remember, you are not alone so don’t lose hope or give up.




B-Wise User lynpvp@gmail.com 9 December 2018 16:30

Gud day i am a mom to a 19 year old daughter & a single parent. My problem is my daughter who is rebellious,left school std 9,refuse to do any chores at hone & smokes party etc.whenever i try to just speak to her we end up in a very ugly heated arguments & don't talk to each other for days.her dad has passed on so its only me or my mum that try to discipline her but still no way forward.there are times where i tell her to leave my house she go for a day or two than back.i really do not know how else to be the best mum.i still buy her cloths,buy her airtime etc but do not give her cash.please help.patricia

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 December 2018 14:24

Dear Anonymous. Well done for doing the best you can, being a parent isn't a very easy job. Your teenage daughter is going through a lot of changes as she is growing up, making it even more difficult to exercise discipline. This health article will give you some contact details of who you can call for help; Help & Support: Relationships & family 




B-Wise User Anonymous 7 December 2018 00:55

Hi I have a problem with bad smell from my vigina, its been there for as long as I can remember, even before I became sexual active. I sometimes think its all in my head, cause I've been at clinics, Dr, gyneas but nothing that they given me helped. There's no discharge or itching or burning when I urinate. I tried drinking water as much as I can but nothing only the colour of the urine changes to being clear as water. However I've noticed that when I apply some plane yoghurt on my pantiliner the smell somewhat dissapears.the smell does not come from the valva but around the clit, don't know what to do anymore, I even stopped dating cause it's so embarrassing, n using public toilet is a nightmare. I've done anything u can think of I've washed using dettol, savlon, apple cider vinegar just to name a few. Please help. Thank you

B-Wise Expert Expert 11 December 2018 10:20

Dear Anonymous. Having a smell from your vagina is normal. It can change slightly throughout the menstrual cycle or after sex.  In your case since it’s a foul smell, it could be a sign of a vaginal infection called bacterial vaginosis (BV). It is not an infection caught from your partner but caused by an overgrowth of bacteria that are normally present in the vagina. 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). It’s best you go back to your local clinic so a nurse or a doctor can further examine you. Use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. You can also read our article: How to keep your vagina healthy to give you a few tips on how to keep your vagina healthy.




B-Wise User Anonymous 6 December 2018 23:32

Hi how do I manage stress My dad just left my mom and I have 2 siblings I have accepted everything however I recently get stressed out of nowhere Can stress strikes after problem s

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 December 2018 23:04

Dear Anonymous. We understand it has been a very difficult time for you. You may feel alone and frustrated, not being sure what is going to happen next. Dealing with big life changes can be very stressful. Talk to friends, family and others who can support you, about your concerns. It's also okay to want some time to yourself but hanging out with supportive people helps get your mind off things, and get a different perspective. Give it time and allow yourself time to cope with the change. Try to relax but if the stress 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. You can also read Dealing with your parents breaking up for more information. Remember that with time and support you can pull through and come out feeling stronger at the other end. 




B-Wise User Anonymous 6 December 2018 19:39

Hi I have been diagnosed with Hiv 5 months ago;It was difficult but I toke responsibility by going to the clinic & start with the medication the only problem I have is that I haven't told my mother because the way she gives reaction or talks about Hiv people makes me feel like she will react that way or even worse that that. I sometimes have a breakdown could feel sad and frustrated at the same time then talk or cry after someach time I would feel better. But my weakness is how do I tell my mother about my diagnosis.

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 December 2018 13:43

Dear Anonymous. We understand it can be hard to tell someone that you love about your HIV status. You do not have to disclose your status to anybody unless you are comfortable to do so. One of the important things to do is to disclose your status to someone you trust and who can support you on this journey. Make sure that you are informed about HIV before you disclose your status so that you can correct any misinformation and myths you might hear. If you find it difficult to disclose on your own, you can get help from a counsellor or someone you trust. You can also read our article HIV Myths & Truths   for more information.





B-Wise User Anonymous 6 December 2018 19:38

Hi. If a person is hiv positive and is on ARv Then stop taking them for a while What are the dangers of that?

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 December 2018 12:20

Dear Anonymous. Good question! It’s best for you to take your ARV medication at the same time every day because this prevents viral replication (multiplication of the virus). If you take your medication late or miss days, the virus starts reproducing and the viral load can start going up. This means every time you miss or forget to take your ARVs, the HIV level in your body increases. But even when you are late, you still have to take your treatment, better late than not at all! Just make sure you don’t forget to take your ARV medication every day. You can also click here for tips to help you remember to take your medication.




B-Wise User Anonymous 4 December 2018 18:21

Hi,i have been diagnosed with HIV two months ago.before knowing about my status i never had any problems or symptoms of it,my weight is still the same as before.i never saw my results i started the treatment without seeing my results from the laboratory now the treatment is not doing me any good im having cramps in my stomach,below my stomach and also been feeling weak especially in the morning what could be the problem ?

B-Wise Expert Expert 5 December 2018 12:23

Dear Anonymous. Sorry to hear you’re feeling this way. ARV (antiretroviral) medications can have major side effects for some people. But it’s really important that you keep taking them so you can keep your body healthy and protect it from infections. It’s best you visit your nearest clinic and tell a nurse or doctor about your side effects. They might be able to help, or give you advice about how to manage the side effects. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near to you.

We know it can be stressful, but keep going. You can also learn more about ARVs and how they work here. Hope you feel better soon!




B-Wise User Anonymous 26 November 2018 16:18

I have been using nuristerate for over a year now. I was supposed to get my shot on the 19 October 2018 but I didn't. I have been bleeding for over 8 weeks now. I had unprotected sex with my partner in the early hours of Sunday (25 November 2018).I would like to know my chances of getting pregnant since I have been bleeding and how soon should I take a pregnancy test to ensure that I am pregnant or not?

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 November 2018 11:52

Hi there, you are probably bleeding because of hormone imbalance. Please visit your nearest clinic so that they can assist with the bleeding problem. The earliest you can do a home pregnancy test is about 6 weeks after the incident. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 25 November 2018 21:39

Hi I've been having problems with my vagina ever since the beginning of the current year, it has this unusual discharge, it doesn't smell awful,it stays on the corners of my vagina I can only see it if I stick my finger in my vagina and the discharge look like an egg white that was boiled but not well done. I've gone to the clinic 3 times and was told I have STI and they gave me treatment in all cases my partner did go as well and they gave him the treatment. The problem is that the discharge still the same and it never went away and when I tried to explain to the nurse in the clinic the third time I went there but she kept saying it still STI but by that time me and my partner had broken up and not having sex with anyone and was given treatment again but still did not work, I'm so tired of going there and be told the same thing and still don't get cured , I'm slowly losing hope and I know this might affect my fertility if it's something serious, what could this be?? Cancer maybe? Or herpes?? Please help

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 November 2018 12:55

Hi there, If the discharge is not smelling, then it is most likely a normal discharge which happens when a woman is fertile, so at the time of ovulation. If you noticed it in the middle of your monthly period cycle, between two periods, and it comes and goes each month, this is the most likely. If there is no pain in your lower tummy, burning when peeing, itching, or any sores and lumps on or around your vagina, then it is probably not an infection. However, it’s hard to say for sure without an examination. It’s probably a good idea for a nurse or doctor to do a genital exam if they haven’t before and if the discharge is there all the time and never goes away, it would also be a good idea for them to test for infection and/or do a Pap smear. Try to avoid using your finger to explore inside your vagina, and make sure not to wash inside or use douche, because this can upset the normal healthy balance of germs that live on the vaginal lining – this can sometimes cause a change in discharge too. If your partner has also been treated then an STI is less likely, especially since you are no longer with your partner. But it’s always a good idea to go for an HIV test, as you have been at risk of an STI, and if you get a new partner it’s important to always use condoms and contraception. You can find and rate your local clinic here



B-Wise User Anonymous 24 November 2018 11:49

Hi nginenkinga yokumila amaqhubu anobovu in private part .what is that

B-Wise Expert Expert 29 November 2018 10:33

Sawubona, Siyabonga ngombuzo wakho. Ukuba namaqhubu isethweni sakho sangasese kungabangwa ukuthi unesifo ezithathelwana ngocansi. Ukuthola usizo, vakashela umtholamphilo useduze kunawe, bazikwazi ukukusiza. Kuthola umtholampilo oseduze nawe cofa la https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/.  Khumbula ukusebenzisa ikhondomu sonkhe sikhathi mawenza ucansi ukuze uvikele izifo esithathelwana ngocansi.  



B-Wise User Anonymous 19 November 2018 16:54

I am 11 weeks pregnant, I always feel my heart beating on my chest and always when i finish eating i have to vomit if not my hurt doesn't stop beating.i sometimes have a red mark on my chest.what the problem?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 November 2018 21:35

Hi there, thanks for the question!

You are still early in your pregnancy, and pregnancy hormones are probably causing these symptoms. The most classic symptom of early pregnancy is ‘morning sickness’, where you feel extremely nauseous and throw up a lot. The sensation of feeling your heart beating is because while feeling nauseous, your heart is reacting by beating faster, and that’s why you may be feeling it beating. If the problem continues, visit your local clinic, they will give you some medication to help with the nausea and vomiting.

You can use Clinic Finder here, to locate your nearest clinic. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 19 November 2018 13:28

hey i have a problem that has been going for a while now i thought this will disappear but it hasn't. i have hard blisters at the top part of my vagina they sometimes come itchy, but they differ. I've had ones that have a bit of liquored in them when i pop them up its as if its a pimple, i hardly shave so i don't really know what is the cause of them. are there chances that i might be infected by anything and can this be cured. please help

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 November 2018 21:30

Hi there, thanks for the question!

Sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with this! Shaving can cause skin infection sometimes which can lead to pimples just like acne, but not usually in the vagina where there is no hair. Women should also not use certain hygiene practices (like vaginal drying, douching or washing with soap).The first step is to go to clinic and tell the nurse about your problem. The nurse should examine you to look at these ‘blisters’ and ask you some questions before deciding what treatment you need. If the blisters do not get better with that treatment, go back and ask for further help or even a referral to a gynaecologist clinic at your local hospital for further checking and treatment. If the nurse thinks that the blisters are an STI (sexually transmitted infection), then it is very important that your sexual partner (if you have one at the moment) also goes for treatment, and that you both get tested for HIV and other STIs. It would be a good idea to use condoms every time you have sex. 

You can click here, to locate the nearest clinic near you. 



B-Wise User Anonymous 16 November 2018 17:23

symptoms of inflamatory bowel syndrome and proctitis

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 November 2018 21:23

Hi there, thanks for the question!

Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms include chronic constipation, on and off diarrhoea, and stomach cramps. This is usually aggravated by some types of foods, like dairy products, wheat etc. Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome symptoms are usually the same as above, but a person may also have blood in their stools.



B-Wise User 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 ??

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 November 2018 11:22

Hi there, It is best that you seek help at your nearest clinic.  It is important that you fully disclose your history and symptoms so that you can get the assistance you require. You can find and rate your local clinic here https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/



B-Wise User 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?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 November 2018 11:11

Hi there, your partner is at risk of contracting HIV from you. In order to reduce the risk:

1)      Start ARVs and ensure you take them every day to make your HIV undetectable.

2)      Consider voluntary male medical circumcision.

3)      Use condoms every time you have sex.



B-Wise User 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

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 November 2018 11:12

Hi there, a pap smear is important to detect cancer of the cervix (opening to the womb) before it becomes severe and life threatening.

a.       If you are HIV negative, you need to have one pap smear every 10 years from the age of 30.

b.      If you are HIV positive, you need to have a pap smear every year as you are at a higher risk of developing cervical cancer



B-Wise User 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

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 November 2018 11:18

Hi there, It sounds as though your periods are irregular. This can happen if you’re stopping certain hormonal contraceptives (e.g. the injectable). You may need to consult the nurse at your nearest clinic to provide medication to make your periods regular. You can also get screened for HIV, STIs and ask for a pap smear when you go. Click here https://bwisehealth.com/clinic/search/ to find your nearest clinic. 



B-Wise User Lindazozo 15 November 2018 08:26

do u do bookings for pap smear

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 November 2018 09:32


Hi Lindazozo 

Thank you for your question. No we do not do booking for a pap smear. You nee to visit your local clinic and make a booking at the local clinic. 







B-Wise User 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

B-Wise Expert Expert 27 November 2018 08:41

Hi, thank you for your question. It is normal to experience discharge, if you are concerned about your discharge you can visit your doctor or nurse at your local clinic. 



B-Wise User 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

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 November 2018 09:51

Hi there. MDR-TB is a serious infection that requires multiple medications to treat. Many of those medicines have side-effects, one of which can certainly be vomiting. There are a few different ways to treat MDR-TB - different "options" in terms of medication. The important thing is that you don’t have any gaps or breaks in treatment. Linezolid has been proven to work well against MDR-TB, so this seems like a good step for your doctor to take. As long as you adhere to your treatment and regularly check in with your healthcare provider, you shouldn't have anything to worry about! You can learn more about TB in the B-Wise TB section.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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? 



B-Wise User 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.   



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.

 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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




B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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. 




B-Wise User 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?




B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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?.




B-Wise User 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.

 




B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.

    



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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?



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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).



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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/ 



B-Wise User 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/



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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/



B-Wise User 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?



B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User Anonymous 31 August 2018 09:59

Alryt thank you very much

B-Wise User Anonymous 31 August 2018 09:57

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

B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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

B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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




B-Wise User 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




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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





B-Wise User 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.  




B-Wise User 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.

    



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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? 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User Anonymous 28 July 2018 10:15

Just joined B-wise

B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.





B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.  




B-Wise User 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?




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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/


B-Wise User 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?



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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 .



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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  



B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.

 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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! 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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?  



B-Wise User 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. 


B-Wise User Anonymous 25 June 2018 14:28

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B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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. 





B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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? 



B-Wise User 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.






B-Wise User 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. 




B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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?



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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! 



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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? 



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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

 



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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? 



B-Wise User 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? 



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.

 

 




B-Wise User 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. 




B-Wise User 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.





B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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




B-Wise User 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.






B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.


B-Wise User 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! 



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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 




B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.


B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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. 


B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.

 




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.              





B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.

 




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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?





B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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.





B-Wise User 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? 



B-Wise User 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.

 




B-Wise User 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? 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User Anonymous 26 April 2018 12:49

hi

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 April 2018 13:00

Hi there, how can we help you?



B-Wise User Anonymous 26 April 2018 12:49

Hi

B-Wise Expert Expert 26 April 2018 13:01

Hi, how can we help you?



B-Wise User 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? 



B-Wise User 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.


 





B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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!



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.

 




B-Wise User 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.






B-Wise User 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




B-Wise User 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.






B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.



    



B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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   




B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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? 



B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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!




B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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!



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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?  



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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?

 




B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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). 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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. 




B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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)



B-Wise User 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




B-Wise User 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.  





B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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!




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.

 




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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.





B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.

 




B-Wise User 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  



B-Wise User 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. 




B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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


B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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?



B-Wise User 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?



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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-



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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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B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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

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B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.


B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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  



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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?



B-Wise User 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. 




B-Wise User 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.




B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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 Anonymous, 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.  



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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? 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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! 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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! 



B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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?



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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


B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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?.



B-Wise User 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.  


B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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!



B-Wise User 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! 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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!

 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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.



B-Wise User 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/ 



B-Wise User 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 



B-Wise User 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!



B-Wise User 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. 



B-Wise User 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!


B-Wise User 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!


B-Wise User 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



B-Wise User 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.





B-Wise User 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