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HIV is spreading faster among teenage girls and young women than in any other group in South Africa.

#AIDS2016: Youth will lead the way to an Aids-free generation – Ramaphosa

​Education and opportunity are key to stemming the tide of HIV in South Africa's young women.
Rustenburg MSF driver Lebogang Seketema

Have wheels, will travel: The all-male crews who are taking on sexual violence one...

Floods, fires and war — for decades, first responders have been using this mental health hack to help people after disasters...
Diary of a young

‘HIV is my unwanted pregnancy’

If you are a man who has sex with men, the HIV prevention pill just keeps getting better. Find out how.
Police move to break up a protest. Experts say heavy-handed police tactics like these do nothing to stem drug abuse but harm reduction programmes might.

It’s time to end SA’s war on drugs

Drugs have destroyed many lives, but wrongheaded governmental policies have destroyed many more, argue experts.
Junior doctors lives stand still as they wait to be paid after the human resource staff failed to capture their details to the payroll system on time.

Doctors must be taught how to be better counsellors on lifestyle choices

People who smoke and drink too much, don’t exercise and eat unhealthily are likely to suffer from non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease.
Why you shouldn't be ashamed of your period

Why treasury won’t support a fall in the tampon tax

Pontsho Pilane recently presented a proposal to Parliament to introduce free pads for poor people who menstruate. Here’s what she learned.
Birth control: Which one's best for you?

Could your favourite birth control put you at risk of HIV?

A Cape Town study could finally provide the answer to whether there is a link between the shot and HIV infection risk.

South African Aids council stands by national sex worker plan

Human rights and access to healthcare remain paramount in the country's response.
Betty Walakira was one of the scientists who pitched her innovation

From the judges’ seat: Three lessons for scientists

Here are three tips to help keep your scientific presentations interesting, full of life and not sleep inducing.
The bad news doctor: Why scientists are trying to find better ways to talk to patients.

What your doctor is thinking when they say, ‘I’m afraid I have some bad...

Doctors have turned to scientific studies for guidance on talking with patients, but the results have largely left them guessing.
Since the early 2000s

Scientists have tools to fight HIV, but we need more

South Africa needs to increase its investment in science — if not, the country can’t beat HIV
Solutions: A health technician analyses blood samples for tuberculosis in a high-tech TB lab in Lima

Is ‘all-in-one healthcare’ a dream?

Is getting all you need from one health team far fetched? Actually not. It's one field where the public health system beats the private one.
Doctor holding tweezers

Crisis of confidence: How much does the public really trust scientists, doctors and nurses?

Trust isn't only important when it comes to relationships. It's the difference between life or death when it comes to vaccines.
National guidelines say babies should get nothing but their mother’s milk for the first six months of life. But fewer than one in 10 women makes it to six months.

‘I thought I’d breastfeed my baby for a year. That dream was short-lived’

We tell moms to exclusively breastfeed. But we don’t tell them about all the things that get in the way of that, including depression.

Will the National Health Insurance Bill go far enough to prevent corruption?

The National Health Insurance Bill was released on 8 August but a look at how well our mothers – and our...
About half the country’s population is younger than 15.

Tanzania: 22.8% of teen girls are mothers

Many children between the ages of nine and 12 have had sex. The average woman has about five children.