Nurse: 'I had to supplement my income. That’s when I got into sex work.'

Nurse: ‘I had to supplement my income. That’s when I got into sex work.’

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Joan Collins* worked as an intensive care nurse in Cape Town. But that's not the only way she made a living.

Modern day slavery: ‘The girls trust the traffickers more than anyone’

For nearly three decades, a thriving sex-trafficking industry has been operating between Nigeria and Italy. Can this woman help break the chain?
Phindi on dating

Phindi on dating, sex and being born with HIV

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Youth delegate at the world Aids conference Phindile Sithole-Spong talks about reclaiming her sexuality after learning she was born with HIV.

[WATCH] Health Minister Zweli Mkhize talks NHI

Watch the second and final day of the health department and South African Medical Research Council's dialogue as policymakers, researchers and scientists discuss the way forward for the implementation of the country's National Health Insurance scheme.
Chasing the dragon

Chasing the dragon, stalking a virus: Life, heroin and Tshwane’s needle exchange

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This programme is saving heroin users on the streets of Tshwane, one clean needle at a time.
Close to death

Close to death, but ‘no medication for foreigners’

Many refugees flee their own war-torn countries to find safety in South Africa. But the country is not the safe haven they think it will be.
No healthcare for refugees in SA

No healthcare for refugees in SA

Refugees flee war-torn countries for SA, only to face more heartache and discrimination. Often their only hope lies with civil society.
[From our archives] 6 things you should know about rabies

Six things you should know about rabies

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To mark World Rabies Day, here are six things you probably don't know about the disease.
Precarious politicking: What the law says about foreigners and healthcare in SA

Precarious politicking: What the law says about foreigners and healthcare in SA

Did you know that anyone hailing from SADC has the right to be treated just like a South African?
Behind the tragic stories we cover

Behind the tragic stories we cover

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Ever wondered how journalists report on such horrific stories? Ina Skosana explains the process.
Understanding the prevalence of rape in Diepsloot

Understanding the prevalence of rape in Diepsloot

The M&G's Mia Malan spent a week in Diepsloot and spoke to rape victims, parents and councillors to understand the high rate of rape in the township.
How to spot an illegal abortion

How to spot an illegal abortion

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Here are three ways to tell whether or not you might be going for an abortion at an illegitimate practitioner.
Want to write a story people won’t forget? [WATCH] this

Want to write a story people won’t forget? Watch this video

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When it comes to weaving a good yarn, the devil really is in the detail.
Leaving home means leaving family - and could have health implications

Leaving home means leaving family – and could have health implications

Leaving home means leaving your friends, family and social support. But it's worse than that.
Caesarean section or vaginal birth

Caesarean section or vaginal birth, which is best for you?

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Pontsho Pilane explains why women may choose a Caesarean section over a vaginal birth, especially in the private sector.
E-cigarettes: Gimmick or healthier choice?

E-cigarettes: Gimmick or healthier choice?

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E-cigarettes are taking SA by storm, but are they really better than tobacco products? Michelle Solomon talks about her vaping experience.