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Cotlands offers a fantasy classroom to children where they can express themselves and develop their imagination.

Cotlands resurrected as a haven of hope and learning

ARVs have stopped children dying, now the former Aids hospice is helping them to thrive.
Women who experience intimate partner violence have a 50% increased risk for HIV than women who don't.

Decrease in women abuse = decrease in HIV infections, say researchers

Women who experience gender-based violence have a higher risk of contracting HIV: this should be considered in South Africa's prevention strategy.
An Eastern Cape patient collects ARVs. Advocacy organisations say many clinics have run out of drugs.

Eastern Cape drug depot in extremis

A report released by health activists details mismanagement and shortages in Mthatha.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has launched an HPV vaccine programme for grade four girls in all government schools.

HIV, ARVs and the cervical cancer vaccine

How SA women will benefit from an HPV vaccine, which the government will introduce next year, will strongly depend on the virus's link with HIV.
Scientists say the current tests designed to detect even very low levels of HIV present in the body are simply not sensitive enough.

Household survey: HIV prevalence increases

Antiretroviral treatment has given HIV-infected people a longer life, thus increasing the proportion of people living with HIV.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi urges people to accept facts about teenage sex at the opening ceremony of the 6th National Aids Conference in Durban.

Fact: Children have sex – Motsoaledi

Denial should not stand in the way of the provision of sexual health services at schools, says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.
35 initiates in Mpumalanga and Limpopo died last month in botched traditional circumcisions.

PrePex will save many lives in SA – with traditional leaders’ help

The state's hopes for the nonsurgical circumcision device rest on its acceptance in initiation rituals.
Simple solution: A fixed-dose combination ARV pill should make distribution and patient compliance easier.

Report: Eastern Cape still out of HIV, TB drugs

Médecins Sans Frontières says in five months there has been no improvement with Eastern Cape HIV and TB drug stock-outs.
Phindi on dating

[WATCH] Phindi on dating, sex and being born with HIV

Youth delegate at the world Aids conference Phindile Sithole-Spong talks about reclaiming her sexuality after learning she was born with HIV.
Mammography is still the gold standard of breast screening.

Double mastectomy – a drastic measure

A preventative mastectomy might save your life if you are at high risk but it does not provide 100% protection from developing breast cancer.
Research on carcinogens in the environment led to tobacco laws that helped to decrease the number of smokers in South Africa.

Death knell for cancer research

The state has pulled its funding of studies on the disease, retarding progress on a cure.
Sub chief Mabhokomela Bonakele has shut down shebeens at night

Booze curfew breaks the cycle of violence on the Wild Coast

In a far-flung district, a night-time ban on shebeens has wiped out violence in a village.
Bhekisisa director Mia Malan speaks on The Science Inside show about ARV shortages on Voice of Wits radio station.

ARV plan bounces back

The hunt is on for a new private sector partner with the expertise to set up a drug-making plan.
Unjustifiable: Human rights group Section27 says that making life ­insurance unaffordable for HIV-infected people just serves to perpetuate the stigma around the condition.

People with HIV pay more for life insurance – if they can get it

Their life expectancy is almost as high as those who are HIV free, yet they pay much more.
Truth serum: The M&G Bhekisisa centre aims to avoid disseminating myths.

Ignorant reporting can be lethal

As the fallout regarding misinformation about vaccines and antiretrovirals shows, words can kill.
In 2011

ARVs alone won’t save HIV infected mothers

Access to ARVs is improving, but poor attitudes to patients are aggravating maternal mortality rates.