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This country has upheld its ban on gay sex. Here’s why it could be...

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“The failure to decriminalise consensual same-sex relations will undermine Kenya’s aim of reaching universal health coverage,” UNAids says.
This disease is a leading cause of death in SA but preventing it could be as simple as taking a single pill — if the government agrees.

This kills more South Africans than any other disease. There’s a new way to...

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One in four people carry this potentially deadly bug? Now a new shorter treatment can prevent it from making you sick.
Diary of a young

‘HIV is my unwanted pregnancy’

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If you are a man who has sex with men, the HIV prevention pill just keeps getting better. Find out how.
The Sayana Press allows women to inject themselves with the hormonal contraception Depo-Provera

Why taking back the power starts with you and your vagina

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Want to advocate for your uterus? Here are six ways you can do it.
The health department has proposed accrediting public hospitals to provide c-sections as a way of improving the safety of the procedures across the country.

This is putting SA’s women in the grave, so what’s the health department doing...

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Pregnancy in South Africa is getting safer, but still not safe enough. Here’s what the health department says they’re doing about it.
The struggle to survive bringing a new life into the world is still so real for South African women.

‘HIV testing was compulsory. If you didn’t test, they wouldn’t treat you’

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The struggle to survive pregnancy and death in a land of plenty and poverty hasn’t changed much in the past five years — there are lives to prove it.
Does going for "the snip" lead to risk disinhibition in men?

Medical male circumcision offers a gateway to HIV testing and medical check-ups

Circumcision can prevent thousands of HIV infections by 2030 at a relatively low cost, but the uptake has been slower than expected.
It’s 2019 and some clinics and hospitals in this country are still battling for basic hygiene.

Only half of clinics and hospitals in this country meet basic hygiene standards

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What if your doctor couldn’t even wash her hands before examining you?
“Whenever I heard about comics I thought of jokes. I never knew I could develop my own comics and use them to talk about important issues”

Antibiotic resistance: Three ways to stop the rise of the superbugs

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We are facing possibly the greatest health threat of our time: drug-resistant infections. But here's why there's hope the world can change course.
African drumming can help treat people with depression and other mental illnesses.

African drumming: New rhythm in therapy

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Drumming therapy can help to reduce anger and tension and increase a sense of wellbeing.
The 2013 Control of Marketing of Alcohol Beverages Bill of 2013 has not been made public for no apparent reason

Is this the Bill the alcohol industry doesn’t want you to see?

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South Africa is one of the hardest drinking countries in the world, but legislation to stop it been under wraps for over five years.
The road to life-saving treatment starts with a test and that's where men fall behind

Why does HIV kill more men than women?

In 2016, 60% of women of 15 years or older living with HIV were on treatment. Less than half their male peers could say the same.
Sexism in parliament: Former Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba made unscripted comments in his budget speech which suggested women fall pregnant to get child support grants.

‘Imali yeqolo’: Really, Gigaba? Women fall pregnant to get child support grants?

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Gender activists are outraged by the former finance minister’s side comments on government grants during his budget speech.
South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi played a leading role in convening government heads at a United Nations meeting this week.

How South Africa convinced the world to take TB seriously

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Heads of state discussed one of the world's biggest killers in New York this week — and it was Aaron Motsoaledi who got them together.
Some lawyers literally raid schools for the disabled

Paying it forward: South Africa’s law should give all fathers and adoptive parents paid...

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Getting parents more involved in childcare is good for a child’s health and prospects in life. South Africa needs to get with the programme.

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