Sexual violence is rife in Khayelitsha primary schools

​#AIDS2016: ‘Blessers’ are the engine behind the rapid spread of HIV in young women

'Blessers' form a crucial link in a cycle of HIV transmission that South Africa has not been able to break.
Discrimination against HIV-positive people still continues

#AIDS2016: Employees, particularly domestic workers, report forced HIV testing

Coerced testing usually follows employer offers to pay for private medical care.
The 2016 World Aids Day special report focuses on what it will take to reach the 90-90-90 targets to end the Aids epidemic by 2030.

​#AIDS2016: Five things to watch out for at the International Aids Conference 2016

The International Aids Conference returns to Durban after 16 years. This year heralds the HIV prevention revolution that is underway.
Solidarity: Sanac says government must urgently address police abuse of sex workers including the use of the workers' possession of condoms

#AIDS2016: Countdown to the International Aids Conference in Durban begins

The conference is set to be a historic moment in the HIV response and we'll be bringing you the latest from Durban.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescents Societies has launched a $1.4-million appeal for funding to help halt the outbreak.

​Almost 400 000 Congolese have been vaccinated against yellow fever in just a few...

After the outbreak of the virus in Angola, medical teams are frantically working in the Democratic Republic of Congo to halt its spread.
South Africa’s healthcare system could collapse if the government does not intervene.

Medical aid board says SA has no choice but to back NHI

The industry body says the dwindling number of medical aid members means the government must act.
Children who are exclusively breast-fed are less likely to become antisocial teens.

​Exclusively breast-fed children are less likely to become antisocial teens and adults

Research shows mothers’ milk produces children less likely to be involved in crime.

​Government disputes drug stock-out survey: ‘Far fewer clinics run out of medicine’

The report describes medication shortages as "a serious threat to the public healthcare system". But the government says the figures are inaccurate.
The Ramadan fast can have significant health benefits for those who observe it.

Ramadan 2016: How the fast can help your health

Some research suggests that fasting not only has spiritual benefits but physical ones as well.
Both overweight and underweight children are considered to be malnourished.

‘Malnutrition: Toddlers are almost as often overweight as they are underweight’

A quarter of the world's overweight children live in Africa, amounting to almost the same number as wasting minors.
Some men need to seek medical help sooner

Erectile dysfunction: What your penis is trying to tell you

Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of a more severe condition.
Albinos in Malawi are killed for the "gold" in their bones.

Bones of Gold: Report reveals how people with albinism are abducted and killed for...

A report by Amnesty International reveals the horror of living with albinism in Malawi where this population is believed to bring immeasurable wealth.
A study on the incidence of child sexual abuse in South Africa reveals the extent of these crimes committed against local youth.

Four frightening facts about child sexual abuse in South Africa

South Africa's first national study on the incidence of child sexual abuse reports on the extent of crimes committed against local youth.
Opinions are divided over whether e-cigarettes should be regulated more stringently.

The antismoking lobby says e-cigarettes should fall under the same act as ‘normal’ cigarettes

The Electronic-cigarette Association of South Africa has labelled the government's attempts to regulate the devices as a cop-out.
Understanding the prevalence of rape in Diepsloot

SA boys more at risk of sexual abuse than girls – study

One in three South African boys have experienced some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime.
Is vaping a good alternative to smoking?

It makes cents: Smokers who quit have good reason to switch to vaping

Many smokers find quitting impossible, but vaping can reduce tobacco-related harm.