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[WATCH] Inner condoms can increase your sexual pleasure — and protect you

The ring on each side of an inner condom can give you more sexual pleasure. The outer ring can give the clitoris an extra tickle and the inner ring can stimulate the tip of the penis. Users say the thin material that inner condoms are made of make sex feel more natural than with a male condom.

[WATCH] How does cholera spread?

Cholera is caused by bacteria that normally comes from the faeces of an infected person. Here’s how you can protect yourself.

Health Beat #6 | ‘Suddenly you become anxious and angry’: How loadshedding impacts mental...

There have been 422 days of rolling black-outs since 2020 and it’s taken a toll on South Africans’ mental health. A survey by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group reveals that people are dealing with anxiety, more family conflict and thoughts of self death.

[WATCH] How does Ozempic work?

Ozempic contains a synthetic version of a hormone our bodies create. It is used to treat diabetes but also reduces the appetite of people who use the drug. Watch this for more.

Health Beat #4 | Can the NHI fix SA’s rural doctor dilemma?

Doctors trained specifically to work in rural areas are struggling to find work in far-flung areas because provincial health departments don’t have the money to pay them. Find out what could change this in this episode of Health Beat.

[WATCH] How does testosterone treatment help transgender men?

Testosterone treatment can help ease psychological distress for transgender men because it results in changes that make them feel more at home in their bodies, such as a beard and a deeper voice.
How to test for HIV at home

[WATCH] How to test for HIV at home

South Africa is one of just 23 countries globally that supports HIV self-testing. Find out how to take an HIV test at home.
Could HIV treatment become as simple as a once-a-month injection?

Could HIV treatment become as simple as a once-a-month injection?

If you're newly diagnosed with HIV the future of your treatment looks bright.

Health Beat #1 | Say hello to Bhekisisa’s new TV show — Health Beat

Mia and Ayoade Alakija discuss the 2022 International Aids conference and how institutional racism in the global health system affects who gets to have a say in the fight against HIV/AIDS. A South African NGO is helping teen moms to stay in school, we bring you their stories. Finally we unpack how the South African government is going to hire experts to implement universal healthcare policy.

Health Beat #7 | Weight loss drugs may work — but won’t end obesity...

Losing weight is hard. For many people, diets and exercise don't work in the long term. Genetics can also play a role in people’s body weight (and their ability to lose it). In this month’s episode of our television show, Health Beat, we speak to two people who've used the weight loss drug, semaglutide.

[WATCH] How to get mental health support – for half the price of a...

Registered counsellors can provide short-term talk therapy including trauma and grief counselling. Here’s where you can find these health workers.

[WATCH] How do puberty blockers work? 4 questions answered

People with gender dysphoria are more anxious and depressed than those who don’t have this body discomfort. But that changes once people start gender-affirming treatment. Find out more here.

What does lead poisoning do to your kid’s brain?

Children who are exposed to the toxic heavy metal, lead, are more likely to commit violent crime and to get lower scores on intelligence tests as adults. But experts and industry groups say the government isn’t doing enough to manage lead.
Uncut: Female genital mutilation in Somaliland

Uncut: Female genital mutilation in Somaliland

Women in Somaliland speak out about their experiences of female genital mutilation. One NGO that is working to eliminate this horrific practice.

[VIDEO] A tale of two mothers: Inside the losses of South Africa’s femicide epidemic

Over half of all women killed in South Africa are murdered by their partners. Here are stories from two mothers who lost children to gender-based violence in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga — and what could have been done to prevent this abuse.

[WATCH] Starry nights over city lights: Why this doctor wants to work in rural...

Doctor Thulani Ngwenya has no plans to leave his job at Bethesda Hospital near Ubombo in rural KwaZulu-Natal for a post in a city....