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Outdated discourse of treatment versus prevention ... obscures elementary points for which we currently lack a common language.

Common sense needed in HIV fight

A recent international Aids conference lacked input from those living with the HI virus.
The Madiba statue in Mandela Village

Madibaville isn’t always paradise

Living in a settlement named after Nelson Mandela doesn't mean you have the basics.
The mother of four-year-old Themba died weeks after his birth. He is being raised by his grandmother Sophie

When mother is snatched away, Gogo picks up the pieces

South Africa's maternal mortality rate leaves the elderly to deal with its consequences, with many unable to keep up.

Drug row sparked by HIV spending

A new study to be conducted in South Africa, Uganda and India has sparked a heated debate in the HIV activist and research community.
Bhekisisa's first fellowship is coming to end and fellow

Bhekisisa journalism fellowships

Bhekisisa's first fellowship is coming to end and fellow, Sydney Masinga, speaks about his experience. If you're an interested journalist apply now.
South African patients qualify for HIV treatment if their CD4 count – a measure of a person’s immunity – is 350 or lower.

A chink in the armour of HIV

Media reports about HIV-infected people being cured of the virus should be read with caution but could these cases give us clues about an antidote?
At least three traditional surgeons have since been arrested for unlawful circumcisions.

Murder charges for botched circumcisions in Eastern Cape

Autopsy reports show that some of the 30 initiates who died last month in the Eastern Cape were assaulted by traditional surgeons.
Vicious circle: Battered women's distress tends to make them more prone to risky sexual behaviour.

Abused women in violent spiral

Situations can get worse for women who are battered by their intimate partners: research now shows they are at higher risk of contracting HIV.
Reading is believing: A copyright waiver will make material for the visually impaired much more accessible.

Landmark treaty breaks down book barriers for the blind

Last week the World Intellectual Property Organisation announced copyright exceptions on materials for visually impaired people.
Protection needed: Malaria kills more than a million poeple in the world every year - mostly children and preganant women

Our leaders must keep their word

Though progress has been made, Africa must continue the fight against Aids, TB and malaria.
Pravin Gordhan's 'careful control of the wage bill' and expenditure on goods and services will impact negatively on health service delivery

Anger over drug access in TB trial

A new combination treatment has been tested in Southern Africa, but it is not available locally.
Cotlands offers a fantasy classroom to children where they can express themselves and develop their imagination.

Cotlands resurrected as a haven of hope and learning

ARVs have stopped children dying, now the former Aids hospice is helping them to thrive.
Imagine this: A team of 15 neuroscientists is to get R900-million in start-up funding for a project that could find a cure for diseases such as Alzheimer's

There’s gold at the end of the Brainbow

An ambitious project to map the human brain has vast medical potential – if it's possible.
Employees at Messina hospital strike against the actions of their clinical chief executive officer Dr Allick Dube.

Past catches up with ‘candy store’ doctor

A doctor currently on paid leave was convicted of two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the US before starting jobs in SA public hospitals.
Women who experience intimate partner violence have a 50% increased risk for HIV than women who don't.

Decrease in women abuse = decrease in HIV infections, say researchers

Women who experience gender-based violence have a higher risk of contracting HIV: this should be considered in South Africa's prevention strategy.
An Eastern Cape patient collects ARVs. Advocacy organisations say many clinics have run out of drugs.

Eastern Cape drug depot in extremis

A report released by health activists details mismanagement and shortages in Mthatha.