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Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Laura Lopez Gonzalez is the health news editor at the M&G. Lopez has covered health for more than 10 years, working for Irin, Doctors Without Borders and the Open Society Foundations. She was the print editor of Health-e News Service and has won numerous awards. Lopez has a passion for getting the science right and understanding how health policies affect everyday people. Otherwise you’ll find her reading non-fiction and hot gluing things to, well, other things.
    Why I signed up for an HIV vaccine trial
    Why I signed up for an HIV vaccine trial
    In the past few weeks, Jane Mahlangu* has fallen into a routine that could make history as she prepared to become one of the first 100 people in...
    What's next for South Africa's experimental HIV vaccine
    What's next for South Africa's experimental HIV vaccine
    The largest and most advanced HIV vaccine trial to be...
    Money, power & blessers are just half the story
    Money, power & blessers are just half the story
    By the time young women in South Africa reach the age of 24, almost one in 10 is living with HIV, according to the latest HIV household report...
    Could do-it-yourself HIV testing take off in SA?
    Could do-it-yourself HIV testing take off in SA?
    On Tuesday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released its 
    Trying for a baby? Find out your chances of falling pregnant
    Trying for a baby? Find out your chances of falling pregnant
    The road to conception via in vitro fertilisation (IVF) can be a long and pricey one with some procedures costing tens of thousands of rands. But...
    Will quackery guide Trump's global health policy?
    Will quackery guide Trump's global health policy?
    In 2016, the US gave about $6.6-billion in international HIV funding making it one of the largest funders of HIV programmes globally, according to...
    The promise and peril of ditching South Africa's psychiatric hospitals
    The promise and peril of ditching South Africa's psychiatric hospitals
    It’s Monday morning in Port Elizabeth. As the city’s commute gets underway, Gary Thomas* hears a familiar “ping” from his phone — a...
    [EXCLUSIVE] Gauteng health MEC: Court threats fly over patient deaths
    [EXCLUSIVE] Gauteng health MEC: Court threats fly over patient deaths
    In June 2015, Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu announced that the department would terminate its contract with private hospital group Life...
    Gauteng mental health services: 'They treated him like you don't even treat a dog'
    Gauteng mental health services: 'They treated him like you don't even treat a dog'
    In June, Jaco Stols, 51, was doodling something that looked like a triangle except the lines didn’t really meet up. He jabbed his pen into the...
    #FeesMustFall: Plans in place to ensure Wits medical students graduate
    #FeesMustFall: Plans in place to ensure Wits medical students graduate
    Amid continuing protests, the University of the Witwatersrand says that it has formulated plans to ensure that final year medical students will...
    Will the latest TB drug reach South Africa in time?
    Will the latest TB drug reach South Africa in time?
    Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has warned that registration delays could hamstring the South African government’s efforts to introduce the new...
    Breasts: Five things to know about them and their care
    Breasts: Five things to know about them and their care
    Carol-Ann Benn jokes that she may not know her way around a stove, but she definitely knows her way around a breast.