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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.
Necessary care: Children who suffer from disabilities are often neglected and hidden away.

Vital service reaches far too few

Rehabilitation plans for the thousands of people with disabilities must be included in the NHI.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has launched an HPV vaccine programme for grade four girls in all government schools.

HIV, ARVs and the cervical cancer vaccine

How SA women will benefit from an HPV vaccine, which the government will introduce next year, will strongly depend on the virus's link with HIV.
Scientists say the current tests designed to detect even very low levels of HIV present in the body are simply not sensitive enough.

Household survey: HIV prevalence increases

Antiretroviral treatment has given HIV-infected people a longer life, thus increasing the proportion of people living with HIV.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi urges people to accept facts about teenage sex at the opening ceremony of the 6th National Aids Conference in Durban.

Fact: Children have sex – Motsoaledi

Denial should not stand in the way of the provision of sexual health services at schools, says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

Social grants decrease teenage girls’ risk of contracting HIV

Child support grants can protect teenage girls from sugar daddies.
35 initiates in Mpumalanga and Limpopo died last month in botched traditional circumcisions.

PrePex will save many lives in SA – with traditional leaders’ help

The state's hopes for the nonsurgical circumcision device rest on its acceptance in initiation rituals.
Simple solution: A fixed-dose combination ARV pill should make distribution and patient compliance easier.

Report: Eastern Cape still out of HIV, TB drugs

Médecins Sans Frontières says in five months there has been no improvement with Eastern Cape HIV and TB drug stock-outs.
Nelson Mandela may have been stalked by his prison past in the years since freedom was won.

Harsh prison air left mark on Madiba

Madiba's prison past may have played a role in his recurrent lung infections.
Patients in the world's poorest countries will continue to receive access to drugs cheaply.

Patent exemption extended for world’s poorest nations

Patients in the world's poorest countries will continue to receive access to drugs cheaply for at least another decade.

Contraceptive policy overhauled

A new look at family planning, especially among teens in South Africa, is on the cards.
Mammography is still the gold standard of breast screening.

Double mastectomy – a drastic measure

A preventative mastectomy might save your life if you are at high risk but it does not provide 100% protection from developing breast cancer.
Research on carcinogens in the environment led to tobacco laws that helped to decrease the number of smokers in South Africa.

Death knell for cancer research

The state has pulled its funding of studies on the disease, retarding progress on a cure.
Arming girls: The HPV vaccine is up to 90% effective against the two most common cancer-causing strains

Life saving cancer vaccine will be difficult to implement

While HPV vaccines will save lives, target schoolgirls will be hard to reach.
Sub chief Mabhokomela Bonakele has shut down shebeens at night

Booze curfew breaks the cycle of violence on the Wild Coast

In a far-flung district, a night-time ban on shebeens has wiped out violence in a village.
Assault on rights: Litigants say the Act directly contradicts the Children's Act

Sexual Offences Act taken to task

In a case before the ConCourt, critics say consensual teen sex has been criminalised.