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Tortoise and the hare: Why a COVID vaccine is outrunning its HIV counterpart

Four COVID jabs’ efficacy results have been released within less than a year after the trials had started. But this is far from the norm. Researchers have been working on HIV vaccines for over three decades — and we still don’t have one. Here’s why.
South Africa has the eighth highest rate of suicide in the world

‘Your life is altered, but it’s not the end’: Life with HIV, stigma and...

The dark days of the HIV pandemic are over, but patients still face social stigma and emotional distress that can push...

Madness in the method: Why government’s GBV ‘hot spots’ are really ‘not spots’

The police recently announced 30 gender-based violence hot spots to which additional resources will be directed to address violence against women. But the methods they used to identify these areas are flawed —and the hot spots might be elsewhere.
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Young or old: Who should get a COVID-19 jab first?

Mathematicians are exploring models to figure out how COVID vaccines should be distributed to have the biggest impact. Should they give...

The world’s arms race against superbugs

It’s been almost 40 years since a new class of antibiotics was discovered. Do governments need to incentivise drug companies differently...

‘This could be a game changer’: What you need to know about the eight-weekly...

Finally, a better HIV prevention choice for women. Here’s what we know about cabotegravir and what we don’t.

Politics and trust: Why Biden’s fightback against Trump’s vaccine misinformation will impact South Africa

America’s president-elect, Joe Biden, has a herculean task ahead of him: He will have to repair the harm done by his predecessor’s perceived political interference with the registration of COVID-19 vaccines. That’s easier said than done. How well he confronts this battle will influence how willing his compatriots — and also some South Africans — are to take the shots. Here’s why.

Cold truth: South Africa won’t be able to store these COVID vaccines. Here’s why.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine into the country is one thing, but making sure the jab gets to people who need it – and is effective once they get it – is a feat for which South Africa is ill-equipped, experts say.
[WATCH] Busted: Three myths about drug addiction

A safe retreat from the war on drugs

The threat of punishment and discrimination doesn’t drive people to quit or avoid drugs, but rather to hide their use, including from their doctors. There is a better way, and jurisdictions like the US state of Oregon may have found it.

Why COVID made autopsies soar

Autopsies offer detail that cannot be found in the living. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a resurgence in these procedures...

Why our obsession with happy endings can lead to bad decisions

There’s more to life than just a happy ending, a new brain imaging experiment shows. It turns out the key to...
A new online tool lets you calculate your chances of falling pregnant via IVF.

Women can wait up to two months to find out if their babies have...

The world has more than halved the number of babies who contract HIV from their mothers in the last two decades. But in some places, rates of mother-to-child transmission of HIV are rising again and we don’t have a moment to lose when it comes to diagnosing — and treating — babies born with the virus.
Community health workers didn't just provide at-home HIV testing. They went into schools to help teach young people sexual and reproductive health and encourage boys to get medically circumcised.

Community health workers – could COVID finally unlock their role in the NHI?

In the absence of action from the health department, South Africa’s community health workers are once again having to fight for...

South Africans aren’t being protected from fake sanitisers: What needs to be done

Sanitiser stockouts left governments to turn to more unconventional suppliers at the beginning of the year. Here’s why a lack of...

From symbols of illness to signs of solidarity: The other disease masks could curb

We now have the chance to use our new mask-prowess to curb the spread of TB as well — but only if we consider keeping masks woven into the fabric of our lives after the COVID pandemic has passed.
Protests by communities

Protests, progress and performance: Here’s what it takes to clean up a provincial health...

In 2018, protests over alleged corruption in the North West health department literally set the province on fire. Cabinet eventually put...