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.
This is because women’s bodies increase their chances of getting HIV through sex. Teen girls are also still growing, so their cervixes have lots of soft tissue HIV can infect.
Fewer girls than boys in Africa go to school. This increases their chances of getting HIV as adults, as they’re less likely to find jobs.Find out more from the first of our five-part video series on key populations (groups with a higher chance of getting infected with HIV).
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.