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STI/Condom and Pregnancy Awareness Week
7th to 14th February 2010
It's Valentines week and love is in the air. With everyone focusing on relationships and intimacy it is important to remember to be safe and responsible. From the 7th to the 14th February South Africa observes National STI/Condom Week and Pregnancy Awareness Week and CMT is getting involved with a Radio Campaign and a number of events around the country.
STI and Condom Week aims to provide education and information to communities around South Africa. The awareness week aims to reduce the spread of both STIs and HIV/AIDS. Remember, untreated STI's put you and your partner at greater risk of contracting HIV. Condoms help prevent STI transmission (including HIV) as well as unwanted pregnancies.
Condomise - One Condom One Round
Know the signs and symptoms of STIs
Invite your partner to be treated for STIs
Know your HIV status by testing regularly
Get Tested, Get Treated, Protect Yourself, Protect Others
Condoms and STI treatment are available at your local clinics.
Pregnancy Awareness Week
TIPS FOR A HEALTHY PREGNANCY
Remember it's important to get tested for HIV regularly so that you can access treatment.
Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) treatment can protect your child and reduce the risk of your baby becoming infected with HIV.
If you are pregnant, remember to book early at a clinic. This will help make sure that you and your baby are healthy throughout your pregnancy. When booking early, consider having an HIV test to protect yourself and your baby.
In addition to any other medication, take a prenatal vitamin each day especially one with folic acid which is an important vitamin for pregnant women.
Drink plenty of fluids, at least eight to ten glasses a day. Avoid caffeine and artificial colouring.
Don't drink alcohol.
Don't smoke or allow yourself to be exposed to second-hand smoke.
Exercise--it's important for your general health, and also to reduce stress. You can just walk at least 15 to 20 minutes every day at a moderate pace. Walk in cool, shaded areas or indoors in order to prevent overheating.
Get enough sleep--at least eight hours a night.
Wear comfortable, non-restricting shoes and put your feet up several times a day to prevent fatigue and swelling of the feet, legs, and ankles.
Continue to wear a seat belt when you are in a car. The shoulder part of the belt should go over your collar bone. The lap part should go under your tummy as low as possible on the hips and across the upper thighs, never above the abdomen.
Don't take over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies without first consulting your doctor or midwife
CMT has recorded a series of Public Service Announcements which are being broadcast on a variety of community stations around the country.
You Can Listen to them here.
Woman: We use a condom every time
Man: one condom one round
Woman: We've been dating for six weeks,
Man: But we're still condomising
Woman: It's the best protection
Man: from STIs,
Woman: from HIV
Woman: and I can be sure that I only have the children I want.
Man: And believe it me it doesn't spoil the fun at all
Both: PROTECT YOURSELF, PROTECT OTHERS
Man: Condoms available at your clinic - go ask for some now.
Woman: Watch Siyayinqoba Beat It! every Thursday at 1.30 on SABC 1
In addition to the radio campaign, CMT, as part of its Accelerated PMTCT Plan project and in collaboration with the Department of Health in six of the priority health districts, is hosting series of Open Day events this week where Community Health Workers will be presenting STI, Condom and PMTCT education sessions. CMT's Outreach team is also joining with awareness campaigns happening at clinics around the country.