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Mark Heywood: 'I was pitched against the very government I had fought for'

Mark Heywood: ‘I was pitched against the very government I had fought for’

Activists litigated to force government to give HIV-positive people antiretrovirals. Mia Malan talks to Mark Heywood about the political consequences
[LISTEN] Marijuana in SA: Is it really legal?

[LISTEN] Marijuana in SA: Is it really legal?

There's a lot of confusion about marijuana in South Africa. Mia Malan sat down with Joan van Dyk to separate fact from fiction.
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Is a safe, legal abortion a human right?

Abortions became legal in South Africa almost three decades ago. Yet we still have plenty of unsafe, illegal abortions. Why? Mia Malan speaks to physician Tlaleng Mofokeng in this podcast.

[PODCAST] Growing up in the time of HIV: ‘The babies we saved from HIV...

As children, they escaped the virus through revolutions in medication. But today, they face an old foe again. Renowned HIV scientist Salim Abdool Karim sits down with Mia Malan to explain why their story is the story of Africa’s HIV epidemic.
Zika: What you need to know

[LISTEN] Zika: What you need to know

Where did the Zika virus come from, and just how closely linked to microcephaly is it? SA's National Institute for Communicable Diseases explains all.

Why we’re saying goodbye to our daily COVID updates

Bhekisisa has published a COVID-19 infographic every day for more than two years. This project is now coming to an end. Find out what it took to distil the health department’s data into bite-sized chunks.

[LISTEN] Why people who got the smallpox vaccine are less likely to get monkeypox

South Africa's second monkeypox case was confirmed on Tuesday — a 32-year old man from Cape Town. The first case was confirmed on June 22 and was a male, 30, from Johannesburg. Neither of them have a travel history.
Life Esidimeni: 'My son had death in his face'

Life Esidimeni: ‘My son had death in his face’

A father speaks out about the terrible conditions his son died in after being removed from state-funded hospital care at Life Esidimeni.
The bad news doctor: Why scientists are trying to find better ways to talk to patients.

[LISTEN] TB and diabetes: Are they linked?

Are people with diabetes more likely to get TB? Dr Bart Willems says yes.
[LISTEN] How (not) to clean your vagina

[LISTEN] How (not) to clean your vagina

Our Mia Malan speaks to medical doctor Tlaleng Mofokeng about how to stay happy and healthy down there.

[LISTEN] Me & My sex life: Is the Mirena right for me?

This is the third podcast in our ‘Me & My’ series with Dr Sindi van Zyl. In this episode Dr Sindi answers all our questions about what contraception is right for you.
How an international syndicate profited from Southern Africa's HIV epidemics

How an international syndicate profited from Southern Africa’s HIV epidemics

Lionel Faull takes us inside the investigation that exposed an ARV-smuggling syndicate that have managed to escape South African justice.
A 10-year investigation finally fingers Southern African ARV thieves

A 10-year investigation finally fingers Southern African ARV thieves

In the late 2000s, a trio of businessmen smuggled expired ARVs from Africa into Europe and sold them at a 4 000% markup. This is why it's news now.
PrEP user talks sex

[LISTEN] PrEP user talks sex, condoms and HIV

Ben Brown tells Mia Malan about his experience of using a pill that reduces his chances of HIV infection.
Black students in medical schools: Is there a problem?

Black students in medical schools: Is there a problem?

Our Mia Malan speaks to Laura Lopez Gonzalez about the recent allegations of racism at Wits Medical School.
Why contraception and the HIV prevention pill go hand in hand

[LISTEN] Why contraception and the HIV prevention pill go hand in hand

If you're a young woman, would you take a two-in-one HIV prevention pill? Mia Malan and Kevin Rebe talk PrEP and contraception.