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Annual Health Checks

Annual health checks are vital

As part of Zuzimpilo Clinic’s extended range of health services, the low cost medical centre now offers Annual Health Screenings or checks.

What is an Annual Health Check?

Annual health checks also known as annual health screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms. Screening tests can find diseases early, when they're easier to treat.

Having an annual health check is a really good way of checking up on your health, revising your lifestyle habits and generally staying in control of your health.

Advantages of Annual Health Checks

Having an annual health care check is a great opportunity to take charge of your health.

Routine health care visits can help find problems early or prevent health problems before they occur.

If problems are found early, they may be easier to treat and are less likely to pose serious risks to your health.

The type of  health screening you need depends on your age, health and family history, and lifestyle choices such as what you eat, how active you are, and whether you smoke.

It is recommended that adults have annual health screening done.

Conditions that doctors may check for

Some conditions that doctors commonly screen for include:

What to bring for the  check-up

To make the most of your next check-up, here are some things to bring along with you.

  • A record of your family health history
  • Results of any recent medical tests you had.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your health, why not write out a list and bring it along with you? There is nothing worse than forgetting to ask a question that is important to your health.

How the health screen works

In a medical centre like Zuzimpilo Clinic which is run by both professional nurses and qualified doctors with many years of experience you will go through a variety of tests.

You also be asked about your medical history, your lifestyle, your occupational history and your family history. This information will help the staff to compile your full health profile.

Along with the questionnaire the following tests may be conducted.

  • Your urine will be tested for abnormal constituents like protein and sugar to detect kidney disease or diabetes.
  • Your blood pressure will be measured.
  • A blood test to asses your cholesterol levels.
  • An  examination of your heart and lungs, abdomen and nervous system might also be carried out.
  • Pap smear
  • HIV test

After your health screen

A complete written report will be made available to you with detailed results of all the tests and consultations you had.

Finally, it's up to you to follow up on any recommendations made for improvements to your health and lifestyle that the team at ZuziMpilo suggests.

You don't have to do this alone, though, Zuzimpilo Clinic will be right behind you every step of the way.


Sources: Aviva health, ACOG Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

High Blood Pressure Management | Diabetes Management | Cholesterol Screening | Adult Immunisation | Child Vaccine Programme | Family Planning | Pap Smears | Voluntary HIV Testing | CD4 TestingWellness ProgrammeARV ProgrammePrevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission | Post-exposure Prophylaxis | TB Screening | Pharmacy


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10 ways to be successful on ARVs

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Antiretroviral therapy typically combines three or more antiretroviral drugs that work together to keep the HI Virus from multiplying. Although antiretroviral drugs improve health and delay death, they do not cure HIV/AIDS.


  1. Commit to drug taking: ART is lifelong treatment which needs to be taken correctly for it to be effective.
  2. Get to know your treatment: Ensure that you know and understand what medication you are on and how to take it.
  3. Choose a pill time: Get help from your healthcare provider to work out a medication schedule that will fit into your daily activities.
  4. Remember your medication: Make use of an alarm clock or cellphone to remind you when to take your medication.
  5. Get a pillbox: Keep a supply of your drugs with you wherever you go, so that you do not miss your pill time (it also helps to have a bottle of water with you).
  6. Get a treatment buddy: It helps to disclose to someone close to you, preferably someone who lives with you, who will be able to offer you support and to remind you to take your treatment.
  7. Missed doses: If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. But if it’s almost time for your next dose then you should wait and take the next dose. Do not take double doses.
  8. Stopping treatment: Do not stop treatment on your own, unless instructed to do so by your doctor.
  9. Be aware of side effects: Ensure that your health care provider has explained to you any possible side effects that you may experience. If you do experience any report them to your Health care provider as soon as possible.
  10. Monitoring and evaluation: Be sure to keep all scheduled appointments with your healthcare provider, especially in the first few months of taking treatment, so that the effect of the treatment can be monitored.



Name: Sarah
Age: 34 years

This patient found out that she was HIV positive when she was 4 months pregnant. She struggled to tell her mom and her partner who also found out he was HIV positive. She gave birth to an HIV negative son. Her family supports her to take her ARVS every evening when Generations begin and she hasn’t looked back. In fact she often forgets she is HIV positive!

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Name: Disebo

Age: 39 years

This ZuziMpilo Medical Centre patient thought she would die within three days of her AIDS diagnosis which she discovered after the birth of her son. Rather than tell her family the truth, she told her mom she had Cancer, but when she finally admitted to having AIDS, she was almost forced to leave home. Thankfully she began on ARVs. She says: “Seven year later I am still doing well on treatment and living a healthy life thanks to the drugs. Antiretroviral medication really works!”

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