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Minister condemns plans for first LGBTI centre as ‘criminal act’

Samuel Okiror

Ugandan campaigners are warned they will break the country's anti-homosexuality law if they open the safe space.


The tobacco industry says vaping is 95% safer than smoking. The truth is less clear.

Joan van Dyk

When the vapour dissipates – what do we really know about e-cigarettes?


People are still being shackled and tortured for living with this disease

Roxy de Villiers

The Life Esidimeni tragedy makes headlines again in a new global report.


What you need to know about SA’s historic liver transplant from an HIV-positive donor

Bhekisisa team

How could a baby get an organ from a person living with HIV and not automatically contract the virus? The experts weigh in.


Why this legal drug may put you at risk for a killer infectious disease

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

That tot or two might be putting you at risk for...an infectious disease? Find out what you need to know.


WATCH: SA conducts first ever transplant from HIV-positive mom to HIV-negative child

Bhekisisa team

Watch live as the University of the Witwatersrand announces this groundbreaking liver transplant.


Showdown: SA takes on the US for cheaper drugs

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

When the US went to bat for Big Pharma in the fight against this killer disease, South Africa wasn’t having any of it. Here’s what happened next.


Ramaphosa: Put patients before profits as SA backs new UN declaration

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Follow Bhekisisa's live blog from New York this as heads of state including Cyril Ramaphosa sign the world's first UN declaration on TB today.


What to expect from the world’s first high-level UN meeting on TB

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Ramaphosa and Motsoaledi are expected to draw high praise at a UN meeting this week. Find out why.


Did Big Tobacco buy Twitter?

Joan van Dyk

There's more to the data — and social media — backing the latest tobacco-funded ad campaign.


Almost three out of four specialist medical posts are vacant in this province

Nelisiwe Msomi

And about half of its ambulances are standing idle.


No evidence of ‘fake food’, but tap water is sold as spring water, Motsoaledi says

Bhekisisa team

But inspectors uncover counterfeit bottled water and spices.


How readers like you are helping flip the script on illegal abortion providers.

Bhekisisa team

We teamed up with readers and translators to create some of the first graphics ever on abortion in all South Africa's official languages.


Read South Africa's national HIV and TB plan 2017-2022

Bhekisisa team

The strategy aims to, for instance, slash new HIV infections by more than 60%.


Ombud slams doctor, media over allegations of abuse at mental health hospital

Joan van Dyk

Makgoba says a statistical error led doctor to greatly overestimate patient deaths.


Read the health ombud's full report into alleged abuse at Tower Psychiatric Hospital

Bhekisisa team

The Eastern Cape's Tower Hospital was billed as the country's next "Life Esidimeni".


Could this protect hundreds of children from being raped?

Nelisiwe Msomi

Life Orientation 2.0? Why it may be time for a new take on an old subject.


'I told Mahlangu, you must leave the country, go into exile for two years.'

In Life Esidimeni, we can see the ghosts of our past. Read why.


SA needs R4-billion to fight this killer virus you may never have heard of

Pontsho Pilane

Newer, lifesaving drugs for South Africa's "silent" killer aren't yet available in the country.


Supra Mahumapelo's legacy? Closed clinics, drug shortages and millions in debt

Nelisiwe Msomi

Unpaid security firms pull guards out of facilities.


Read: South Africa’s controversial #TobaccoBill

Bhekisisa team

South Africa could become one of a growing number of countries that require plain packaging for cigarettes.


Are provinces ready to take the wheel of South Africa's HIV response?

Roxy de Villiers

It’s been a steep learning curve for districts that sometimes don’t have the know-how — or the data — to write and track local plans.


Almost half of Khayelitsha primary school learners have experienced sexual violence

Joan van Dyk

The youngest children are the ones most at risk — and less likely to report it.


'In that moment, it was clear Bongani was destined for great things'

Joan van Dyk

Late UCT Medical School dean Bongani Mayosi pioneered the response to a little known but common heart disease at home and across the continent.


'Gag Rule will slow down the fight against Aids'

Pontsho Pilane

The damage caused by the controversial US policy will only start showing when it’s too late to reverse it, activists and researchers argue.


New science: Why two pills before and after sex could help to save you from HIV

Mia Malan

Men who have sex with men can now take on-demand pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, safely.


You can't transmit HIV if you take ARVs correctly and are virally suppressed

Mia Malan

Researchers once again confirmed: It’s impossible for HIV-positive people on treatment to transmit the virus through sex — this time among gay men.


​READ: #LifeEsidimeni families shocked and outraged at the re-election of Mahlangu

Bhekisisa team

Former Health MEC ​Qedani Mahlangu is implicated in deadly mismanagement but still survives to be elected into the Provincial Executive Committee.


WATCH: Live discussion at #AIDS2018 on leadership for HIV primary prevention

Bhekisisa team

Watch as our Mia Malan moderates the discussion.


Mahlangu, Hlongwa elected to top Gauteng ANC body

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The pair continues to survive politically despite being implicated in deadly mismanagement and graft during their tenures as Gauteng health MECs.