Tuberclosis (TB), is a disease that affects young and old, men and women, rich and poor. It is caused by a germ that destroys the lungs, but any organ such as the heart,intestines, liver or bladder can be affected.
How does someone get TB?
When someone with TB does not get treatment and coughs or spits, he or she sends thousands of gems into the air that are breathed in by other people. That’s how the infection can spread.
How do i know if i have TB?
If you have any of these symptoms , go immediately to the nearest health facility for a TB test.
- Cough lasting more than 2 weeks.
- Blood stained sputum
- shortness of breath
- chest pains
- Loss of appetite
- weight loss
- Night sweats
- neck or joint stiffness
- swollen belly(bloating)
Is there a cure for TB?
Yes! TB is curable if the disease is discovered early enough and the patient receives regular treatment for 6 to 8 months without interruption.TB treatment is free and available at public health facilities.
Is there a connection between TB and HIV?
There exists a strong connection! A person living with HIV has a high risk of getting TB. Although TB is curable, it is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV. If you are HIV positive and have symptoms of TB , you should get tested and treated immediately.
How can I avoid spreading TB?
- When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth or nose with a tissue paper or article of clothing.
- Spit into a can with sand, cover,and bury it deep when full.
- Leave windows open to let in sunlight and keep the house/matatus well ventilated.
- Ensure that you are tested and treat TB soon as possible.
- TB treatment is available for free at all public health facilities.
- TB is curable as long as the patient starts treatment as soon as possible.
- Treatment lasts 6 to 8 months.
- The patient must take the medication exactly as prescribed by a health professional.
Treatment should never be interrupted.
Side effects of TB medication
Nausea and vomiting
skin itch and rash
pain or burning sensation of the feet
if you have any of these problems go immediately to the nearest health facility.
“Urine and tears may turn orange. This is normal and no cause for concern.”