[WATCH] Why treating sex workers badly makes HIV spread

Female sex workers in South Africa have more than double the HIV infection rates of adult women. Health workers’ negative attitudes towards sex workers and the criminalisation of the profession are big reasons. We break it down.
Are sex workers forced into their jobs?

Are sex workers forced into their jobs?

Sex workers in South Africa want their profession decriminalised, a view supported by many medical professionals and civil society organisations.

[WATCH] How to diagnose & treat cholera: A guide for health workers

Health workers, this is your cheat sheet to detecting and treating #cholera in your patients. Watch this video for the details.

[LISTEN] The world’s biggest HIV & TB programme has a new goal: Happiness

What do researchers, experts and policymakers think of South Africa’s new five-year action plan for HIV, TB and STIs?

Here’s how an abortion works from week 13

Abortions can be done using two methods. One is called a medical abortion and the other is surgical, which involves a small procedure. When a pregnancy is past 12 weeks only doctors are allowed to do it. We speak to Marie Stopes SA about how a surgical abortion works and what you can expect.
Why you should play with your children

Why you should play with your children

Playtime isn't just about fun and games - find out why it's an important part of young children's development.

Safe, not seedy: How sex work changed after two decades of decrim in New...

In South Africa, 70% of female sex workers in a countrywide survey conducted in 2019 said they’d experienced violence from clients in the previous year. Find out how things change when sex work isn’t illegal from workers in New Zealand.

[PODCAST] ‘We’ve failed as clinicians’: This HIV doctor is changing how he treats overweight...

HIV doctor Francois Venter explains why the treatment of obese people reminds him of the bad old days of the HIV epidemic.

[LISTEN] Me & My sex life: How and when to get tested

This is the fourth podcast in our ‘Me & My’ series with Dr Sindi van Zyl. In this episode, Dr Sindi answers all our questions about what to do if you think you have a sexually transmitted infection.

By the numbers: What load shedding does to your mental health

Three in four employed people surveyed by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) said their bosses expected them to do the same amount of work despite consistent power cuts. Many feared that continued load shedding will lead to job losses and derail attempts to turn around the country’s struggling economy. Mia Malan speaks to Sadag’s Cassey Chambers for Bhekisisa’s monthly TV programme, Health Beat.

[WATCH] How much is the sugar tax on a can of Coke?

Soft drink manufacturers in SA have been paying a “sugar tax” since 2018 to encourage them to decrease how much sugar goes into their drinks. We show you how to calculate the sugar tax paid on a can of Coke in this short video.

[WATCH] E-motive: An acronym that can save 22 000 lives every year

A new study from hospitals in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania shows the number of women who die because of bleeding after vaginal birth can be slashed by more than half. Watch this video to find out how.

Why SA needs the anti-HIV injection — for R120 a pop

The HIV prevention injection called long-acting cabotegravir (aka CAB-LA), currently costs more than R300 000 per person for a year's supply in the United...

[LISTEN] Is this the new TB patient? About half of infected people don’t have...

About half of people who are infected with tuberculosis don’t have symptoms. Researchers still don’t know whether people with asymptomatic TB spread the bacteria to others, or whether they’ll always develop symptoms.

[WATCH] ‘I’m a warrior’: How the anti-HIV injection empowers young women

An anti-HIV injection called CAB-LA has just been approved by South Africa’s medicines regulator, and the health department says it could be in clinics by August 2023 — but only if the price is right. In Cape Town, more than 200 women have been using the two-monthly jab as part of a study. We spoke to three of them.

[WATCH] How to keep people on HIV treatment during a flood

What happens when there’s a natural disaster, like a flood, and people living with HIV aren’t able to take their chronic medication? Watch to find out what can be done to make sure their treatment isn’t interrupted.