Can you still spread the coronavirus after getting a vaccine? Find out

What’s the likelihood of vaccinated people passing on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19? A growing body of evidence shows that COVID-19 jabs can substantially reduce the chance of transmitting the virus to others. Find out why.

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 enjoying things is...
Previous calls to decriminalise drug use

National HIV plan scraps calls to decriminalise drug use

Contraception may be finally coming to a secondary school near you.
The new president loves a good walk but will he put his money where his mouth is to pay up for better health for all?

The Ronald McDonald socks aside…How serious is Cyril about South Africans’ health?

The new commander-in-chief has made promises, but how likely is he to deliver?
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.
A new study by Doctors Without Borders

In Marikana’s shadow: One in four women in Rustenburg has been raped, says study

As South Africa marks the anniversary of the massacre, a new study reveals how women’s bodies are a battleground in the country’s platinum belt
IVF at private clinics can cost tens of thousands of rands. A South African doctor is just one of many people around the world pioneering new ways to make the procedure cheaper.

Should government health schemes pay for infertility treatment?

"Women are blamed for infertility when, in fact, as we know from research, it is quite often on the man’s side.”
'Bluetoothing': Is this drug fad really happening in South Africa?

Freak waves and HIV in Durban. What’s the link?

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Misconceptions about HIV infection and injection drug use could shut down the only project working to curb it.

Government bans ‘unsafe’ baby bottles

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A controversial plastic additive is said to affect foetuses and increase the risk of breast cancer.

COVID crash course: A walkthrough of everything you need to know about viruses, variants...

COVID variants are new versions of the virus that are smarter at surviving. But before we can understand what these changed forms mean for vaccines, we first need to go back to the basics. We take you through the evolution of the virus and what this means for your body’s defences.

Expired materials and fly away tents: What researchers found when they looked at HIV...

South Africa loves to boast that we run the world’s largest HIV treatment programme. But when treatment starts with a test, is the country...
In 2016

Is racism making our children sick?

Children who experience discrimination may be more at risk of mental and physical ill-health.
Clinical lead Doctor Al Story points to an x-ray showing a pair of lungs infected with TB. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

M&G joins #UnmaskStigma TB awareness campaign

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The Mail & Guardian's health centre, Bhekisisa, joins the World Health Organisation in raising awareness about TB on World TB Day on March 24.
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.

Will vaccines work against the new COVID variants? Scientists race to find out

One year later and the new coronavirus is still posing new questions for researchers. The recent emergence of new COVID-19 variants across the world has left scientists searching for answers once again as they try to understand what these changes mean for the pandemic — and vaccine roll-outs.
After a fake news story spreading myths about medical male circumcision went viral

Fake news alert: Medical male circumcision not linked to penile cancer

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Africa Check debunks a bogus news story spreading myths about medical male circumcision after Bhekisisa sounds the alarm.