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Our HIV reporting of the past decade

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A large chunk of our reporting focuses on HIV. Since the launch of Bhekisisa in 2013, we’ve covered HIV in-depth — from the impact of the virus on former president Nelson Mandela’s family to the advances in antiretroviral treatment and anti-HIV pills and injections. We’ve also looked at the impact of inequality and discrimination on the spread of HIV, the link between gender-based violence and HIV — and ways to fix it.

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[WATCH] Why transgender folks, gay and bisexual men have a higher chance of getting HIV

  • Men who have sex with men have a 28 times higher chance of getting HIV through sex than heterosexual men.
  • Transgender women’s odds of getting HIV via sex is 14 times higher than non-transgender women.
  • Why? It’s easier to get HIV from anal than vaginal sex, and punitive laws and discrimination against these population groups make HIV spread.
  • We break down the reasons in this short video, which is the second in our five-part video series on key populations (groups of people who have a higher risk of contracting HIV). View the first video.

  • Read the script here

Dylan Bush was a health journalist at Bhekisisa from February 2016 to September 2023.

Mia Malan is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bhekisisa. She has worked in newsrooms in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Washington, DC, winning more than 30 awards for her radio, print and television work.