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Elsa and Nosipho: They both sell sex for a living, but in opposite worlds

Does sex work legislation have an impact on violence and the spread of HIV? We follow two women who operate in opposite worlds to find out.

TB: This pee test could save your life

What if diagnosing South Africa’s deadliest disease was as simple as taking a drug store pregnancy test? That day might be...
'I could have died': Buhle Bhengu was duped into having an illegal abortion.

‘It didn’t take long for [the fetus] to come out. There was a human-like...

Left with little choice, many women turn to illegal abortionists to terminate their pregnancies.
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.

Today, this rural KZN community is about to make global headlines. Find out why.

Small town, big goals: Eshowe has become one of the first SA communities to put enough people on HIV treatment to reduce new infections in the area.
The youngsters have successfully completed their initiation and are now regarded as men. The campsite where the initiates stayed is burnt after the initiation is completed.

[From our archives] The boys who lost their manhood

During this initiation season, we look back at what happened in 2013 when bungled initiations cost boys their penises.

Bringing home baby when your bae is HIV positive & you’re not

Sperm washing, assisted insemination & long hospital waits — if you were lucky. This is what falling pregnant when you were...
Young girls pose with boxes of Marlboro cigarettes.

New smoke signals: Is Big Tobacco using influencers to illegally punt new products?

Could companies’ wooing of social media influencers be just a clever ploy to get around the country’s tobacco advertising ban?
Doctors and nurses were held at gunpoint to stop giving patients treatment.

Hospitals close in Mpumalanga as doctors and nurses fear for their safety

Health workers in the province demand security cameras and personal panic buttons at hospitals because of crime and attacks on nurses and doctors.
A South African study may have proved to the scientific community that Depo-Provera does not fuel HIV risk. Now

Could your birth control increase your risk of HIV? Science finally has an answer.

But new science doesn't change the fact that women still have too few options when it comes to contraception.
Tender delays have pushed a shortage of the popular birth control shot Nur-Isterate into its second year.

This popular birth control shot is out of stock for the second year running....

Women who have been forced to go without their usual birth control shot are now facing the consequences of months-long shortages.
#MeatFreeMondays: A collection of fruit, vegetables, spices and juices.

Fiber, flatulence & fortified foods: This is your body on veganism

From Badu to Beyonce: Some of your favourite celebs have toyed with it but is going vegan right for you?

When there was no list of free abortion clinics, we made our own. Here’s...

How we found the country's 'missing' abortion providers – and mapped contraception services too.
From the informal market to booming business: Could this be the future of water?

Water in Ghana from pipe to packet: Is there a hidden cost to this...

In a country where pipes can stop short of reaching home, cheap sachets of water sold on the street could be an unlikely solution, but at what cost?
Making waves: Women on Web offers an online portal that dispatches an abortion pill to people across the world.

‘I told them I had a miscarriage. But the nurses knew what had really...

Go inside the international network of women willing to break the law to give people access to termination of pregnancy services.
The International Partnership for Microbicides' dapivirine vaginal ring

What if protecting yourself from HIV was as easy as using a tampon?

The HIV prevention tablet is now available in South Africa but popping a pill every day to stay HIV negative may not...

Bosasa, Gavin Watson & the human cost of corruption

Bosasa bribed its way into contracts. Meet the four-year-old who paid the price.