We've proven Depo Provera doesn't make it easier to contract HIV. But African women are still left with too few contraceptive choices.
Today, SA boasts the world's largest HIV treatment programme, but 3.2-million people who need ARVs still aren't on them. Here’s how to fix that.
“The failure to decriminalise consensual same-sex relations will undermine Kenya’s aim of reaching universal health coverage,” UNAids says.
Would you join a medical aid if you were perfectly healthy? Most won’t. That’s why we need waiting periods, says Discovery CEO Jonathan Broomberg.
When medical schemes and the law count conceiving as a pre-existing condition, pregnant women lose.
Doctors have turned to scientific studies for guidance on talking with patients, but the results have largely left them guessing.
Women – many of them mothers – constitute more than half of the population. What should moms think of before casting their vote?
There’s something distinctly cynical about Israel’s targeting of people’s legs in Palestine’s march for freedom.
One in four people carry this potentially deadly bug? Now a new shorter treatment can prevent it from making you sick.
We tell moms to exclusively breastfeed. But we don’t tell them about all the things that get in the way of that, including depression.
Previously, the health department dedicated about R180 000 per year to respond to what is arguably the greatest threat humankind has ever faced.
Recent national and Gauteng memos demanding all foreign patients pay in full for services likely fell foul of the law.
Ecstasy users are more empathetic than those who take other drugs – even when not on it.
No one really knows how many people inject drugs in east and southern Africa and that's a bigger problem than you think.
If you are a man who has sex with men, the HIV prevention pill just keeps getting better. Find out how.
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.
Legal claims against the department now amount to more than half of some provincial health budgets. Less money now will only mean more claims later.
Find out why Mboweni's R1.14 hike won't be enough to cut smoking, save lives or bring in much-needed cash.
Pregnancy in South Africa is getting safer, but still not safe enough. Here’s what the health department says they’re doing about it.
How do you outrun a lie when science shows misinformation spreads faster than fact?
What if your doctor couldn’t even wash her hands before examining you?
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.
Chinese scientist He Jiankui claims to have engineered the world’s first genetically-modified babies. Did he unleash one of science’s worst fears?
In a world hemmed in by patriarchy and poverty, cash transfers could be the missing link in SA’s HIV prevention programmes.
A 'foreign threat’ makes for a convenient boogeyman in an election season but buyer beware, write activists in this piece from our archives.
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.
Zion Medical can't explain the poor treatment Ugandan patients got as part of its 'trial' and its recent announcement may have added to the harm.
Our computers and phones keep us connected but a key ingredient in them keeps children as young as six locked in a vicious cycle for about R26 a day.
In his speech, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni reprioritised millions for new health workers and hospital upgrades. Here’s what he needs to do next.
In a historic first, the UN just held a high-level meeting on TB. There was one on lifestyle diseases too. But did these sittings achieve anything?
During this initiation season, we look back at what happened in 2013 when bungled initiations cost boys their penises.
Most of us would rather not know what happens to our bodies after death. But that breakdown gives birth to new life in unexpected ways.
Nomthandazo* thought her and her partner were happily expecting their first baby together. She was wrong.
Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in isiZulu
In South Africa, Zulu patients who would like to be thoroughly assessed by a doctor, would ask the physician to "bhekisisa" them.