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Did the apartheid government inject black people with HIV? We look to science.

Mia Malan

This month, the New African boasts a shocking headline: "We deliberately spread Aids in South Africa." Could that be true?


Men, the HIV prevention pill just got easier. Get the '2-1-1' on what to know

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Men who have sex with men can now safely use the HIV prevention pill before and after sex, instead of every day.


This president is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to an NHI

Kate Hodal

Mali joins the ranks of countries such as Sierra Leone, South Africa & Burkina Faso to provide free healthcare to moms and tots.


Think criminalising sex work is in the best interest of people? Think again

Mia Malan

In 2003, New Zealand did away with all laws against consensual adult sex work. Activists say South Africa can take a few lessons from it.


Billions lost: Doctors, hospitals and medical aid members collude to commit fraud

Roxy de Villiers

The Special Investigating Unit says it is actively targeting fraudsters in the private healthcare sector.


What to do about South Africa's unemployed doctors

Russell Rensburg

It’s official. Austerity budgets may be here to stay. Here’s how South Africa should be working with what it’s got to provide healthcare.


Sex for vaccines: Violence may mar the rollout of new experimental Ebola jab

Kate Holt, Rebecca Ratcliffe

Women in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo are allegedly being asked for sexual favours in exchange for Ebola treatment.


Five ways to save the world, according to Bill & Melinda Gates

Roxy de Villiers

The philanthropic duo give their two cents or rather $200-million on how to deal with the world's inequalities.


Gauteng health department misses deadline to pay junior doctors

Nelisiwe Msomi

With no money for petrol, many doctors have applied for authorised special leave. But some hospitals have warned there will be consequences.


Why money earmarked to fight Ebola may have financed one man's love life

Rebecca Ratcliffe

The World Health Organization launches an inquiry after claims of ‘legendary’ corruption, including racism and sexism.


Unemployed doctors: Why medical schools face a tough choice

Nelisiwe Msomi

It’s the age of austerity and it’s bad news for doctors, nurses and patients alike — unless the state can do more with less.


How to get the most out of your gym membership

Neil Gibson

Finally, go where you've always feared to tread at the gym with these four tips.


'My family had no business selling me off for R4'

Nyasha Chingono

Think child marriages only happen in far off countries? Think again.


Schoolgirls in this country face compulsory tests for pregnancy, genital mutilation

Rebecca Ratcliffe

Girls in Kenya’s Narok County will also be made to reveal the identities of babies’ fathers.


Graphic of the day: Where are South Africa's ambulances?

Nelisiwe Msomi

Think that emergency care is just a call away? You might want to think again.


Code red: Why provinces are forced to outsource ambulance services

Nelisiwe Msomi

Take a look at the results of our latest national survey of how many state ambulances South Africa has on the road.


'Boys club' culture at UNAids allowed for sexual harassment and bullying - report

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The investigation of an independent panel recommends reviewing whether UNAids executive director Michel Sidibé should continue in his role.


Should you believe the latest smoking figures from this tobacco-funded non-profit?

Naphtali Khumalo

Claim: 49% of men and 34.1% of women in South Africa smoke tobacco. Is this true? Africa Check investigates.


This bracelet could one day help keep you safe from rape, assaults

Roxy de Villiers

How do you fix South Africa’s sexual and reproductive health wrongs? Help people access their rights.


Durban delays re-opening of city's only needle exchange programme

Joan van Dyk

The project’s closure six months ago forced some injecting drug users to share needles and risk infections such as HIV and Hepatitis C.


How do you say 'queer' in isiZulu?

Roxy de Villiers

Qhawekhazi (isiXhosa) noun. Heroine / the woman who is a hero with the courage to love another woman.


Why science could finally be close to solving this birth control riddle

Kristen van Schie

We could be just months away from knowing whether Depo-Provera use is linked to a higher risk of HIV infection in women.


Estranged bedfellows: Why the private sector remains wary of universal healthcare

Joan van Dyk

Globally, one in four private healthcare groups surveyed won’t work with governments.


'If climate change goes on as is, people will need to be relocated – we need a plan'

Joan van Dyk

Few governments are prepared to care for the people forced to leave their countries as a result of conflict or climate change. Here's why.


WATCH: How far is South Africa in the fight against HIV and TB? Find out.

Bhekisisa team

South Africa boasts the world’s largest HIV treatment programme but are provinces ready to take the lead?


SA to launch plan to tackle gender-based violence. Read Ramaphosa's speech here.

Bhekisisa team

"Twenty-thousand people were killed in the past year. The majority of killers and victims are men," Ramaphosa says at summit.


Transgender healthcare: What to know before you hit the waiting room

Nelisiwe Msomi

Finding gender-affirming care can be tough but there are some tips and resources to help.


Hlongwa, Mahlangu remain on high-level ANC body despite ban on public office

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Read the ANC Gauteng executive committee statement on embattled former health MECs Brian Hlongwa and Qedani Mahlangu as well as former Emfuleni mayor.


Go inside a day in our newsroom: The realities of donor-funded journalism

Mia Malan

What’s a day in a donor-funded journalism centre like? Mia Malan reveals all in her latest article for the journal of African Journalism Studies.


The National Health Insurance: Who's in, who's out and how much will it cost

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The NHI was the centre of this weekend’s presidential health summit. Now the pressure is mounting for Treasury to figure out how to fund it.