Opinion


Redefining risk: When it's okay to be HIV-positive and have sex without a condom

Kevin Rebe

HIV-positive people who have very low levels of HIV in their blood can’t sexually transmit the virus. Here’s what it means for you & SA.


This is why some rapists will never face justice

Amir Shroufi

For survivors, any hope of justice depends on the presence of doctors and forensic nurses. The catch? These are few and far between.


In the future, a simple ring could protect you from HIV and unwanted pregnancies

Yvette Raphael , Manju Chatani

A vaginal ring could one day offer women dual protection against HIV infection and unwanted pregnancies. Unless this happens.


Abortion: Government to get tougher on doctors with moral objections

Yogan Pillay

Draft guidelines will look to balance a doctor or nurse's right recuse themselves from performing abortions with a person's right to choose.


Stuttering blues: The cadence of social anxiety and identity

Khinali Bagwandeen

He is a father, husband and businessman but the one thing that defined his social existence also taught his daughter an important lesson.


#LifeEsidimeni: Why seemingly good people came to do very, very bad things

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

At least 141 mental health patients. As officials take the stand as part of arbitration hearings, a disturbing thread runs through their testimonies.


Khwezi speaks: 'I did not do it to win. I was just fighting for myself'

Redi Tlhabi

In a new book, Redi Tlhabi reveals the woman behind the pseudonym and the price she paid for pursuing justice after accusing Jacob Zuma of rape.


What sex workers and clients really want you to know about the business of sex

Zia Wasserman, Zoe Black

Making sex work safer can lead to less HIV infections and gender-based violence, studies have shown.


The promise and peril of do-it-yourself HIV testing

Adrian Puren

One in two people living with HIV still aren’t on treatment, could DIY testing be the solution?


These countries medically prescribe heroin, should SA follow suit?

It’s time that evidence, not stigma, drive SA’s drug policies.


Mediation could ease SA’s medico-legal woes but it’s no quick fix

Janine Simon-Meyer

South Africa is now home to more than 90 trained medical mediators, but there’s not much work to go around - yet.


Health or human rights? False dichotomy could fuel a resurgence in forced HIV testing

Michaela Clayton, Annabel Raw

More than three decades ago, HIV activists fought against mandatory testing. Now an old battle is finding new life.


‘Manana will at best get a suspended sentence or a fine’

Mia Malan

Fikile Mbabalula, Bathabile Dlamini, Mduduzi Manana. They all served in same cabinet - where 
two ends of a 
vicious circle meet.


Are sex workers forced into their jobs?

Demelza Bush

Sex workers in South Africa want their profession decriminalised, a view supported by many medical professionals and civil society organisations.


Why does HIV kill more men than women?

Dean Peacock, Jonathan Hopkins

In 2016, 60% of women of 15 years or older living with HIV were on treatment. Less than half their male peers could say the same.


Black experts in the health sector: Where are they?

Pontsho Pilane

It's not right that only black voices in health stories are those patients. Black medical researchers must also be heard in the media space.


South African Aids council stands by national sex worker plan

Connie Kganakga

Human rights and access to healthcare remain paramount in the country's response.


Sex workers: 'We want to own our own brothels'

Demelza Bush

Sex workers in the country want their profession to be decriminalised so that they can access health services without being discriminated against.


[LISTEN] What can the fight against corruption learn from the Aids struggle?

Mia Malan

Those most at risk of HIV are still fighting to be heard. But there's a lot we can learn from the fight against HIV.


When buyers of sex pay the legal price, everyone wins

The only solution to problems created by the "prostitution industry" is to end it, argue opponents as we kick off a two-part debate.


Mark Heywood: 'I was pitched against the very government I had fought for'

Mia Malan

Activists litigated to force government to give HIV-positive people antiretrovirals. Mia Malan talks to Mark Heywood about the political consequences


It's time to end SA's war on drugs

Shaun Shelly

Drugs have destroyed many lives, but wrongheaded governmental policies have destroyed many more, argue experts.


I'm a nurse and this is why SA should decriminalise sex work

Lucy O'Connell

Why would humanitarian workers support the call to decriminalize sex work? Sometimes bombs, floods aren't the only threats to our patients.


A cautionary tale to young doctors looking to take on medicine’s culture of abuse

Yumna Moosa

In 2016, Yumna Moosa took to social media to rally young doctors against medicine's culture of bullying. Now, she's not sure she'd do it again.


If HIV denialists have not been pardoned, why should the DA excuse Helen Zille?

Pontsho Pilane

Aids has taught South Africans why denialism can't be tolerated – whether it comes from Thabo Mbeki or Helen Zille.


SA lawyers: Motsoaledi, we’re not the reason gynaes won’t deliver babies

Neil Kirby

Werksmans Attorneys' Neil Kirby hits back at claims that unscrupulous lawyers are driving doctors out of business.


[LISTEN] What price will Motsoaledi pay for turning against Zuma?

Mia Malan

HIV activist Mark Heywood tells Bhekisisa editor Mia Malan the president and health minister are direct opposites.


Memoirs of an activist: ‘The real heroes of the HIV struggle are still unknown’

Mark Heywood

In a new book, Mark Heywood reflects on love, justice and haunting lessons from the past.


Why you might battle to find a doctor to deliver your baby in SA

Aaron Motsoaledi

Could the legal profession be behind the droves of gynaecologists leaving their jobs?


Suicide and the violence of our words

Lizette Rabe

What if we thought of suicide as the outcome of a terminal illness instead of the outcome of an action?