These stories show how complex health is in Mpumalanga, and how few opportunities there are for disempowered people to change their circumstances.
M&G readers comment on comparisons of Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, and say we need cool heads when it comes to pharmaceutical drugs.
China plans to ban HIV-positive people from spas, hot springs and public bathhouses, provoking UN condemnation and outrage from human rights groups.
Reducing maternal and newborn mortality has to be a priority if Africa is to reach its potential.
An Australian scientist has said he discovered how to turn HIV against itself to stop it progressing to Aids.
Without job prospects and a stable future, the youth care little about their wellbeing, says Anton Ressel and Catherine Wijnberg.
The change wrought by the mass distribution of HIV/Aids drugs is akin to a major societal shift, writes David Smith.
The death toll is falling but there is still no hope for an end to the worldwide pandemic.
Africa has been the poor relative with too few representatives at global HIV/Aids conferences. But things are changing, writes Mia Malan.
Many HIV survivors did not expect to live to become elderly, and their retirement years are bleak and lonely, writes Sarah Bosely.
Men who rape look and act like everyone else, almost right up until they start raping, as confessions on Reddit reveal, writes Megan Carpentier.
An MSF report claims 15 000 Aids victims in Congo will likely die waiting for ARVs in the next three years because of "horrific" health care access.
SA's population hit 50-million this year, but the country's population growth is considerably slower than that of Africa's 39 high-fertility countries
A lawmaker has called on scientists to develop a chemical to dull men's libido and enable them to have sex once a month to curb the spread of Aids.
The final 24-month trial of a gel that researchers hope will help prevent HIV transmission is expected to start at the end of July or early August.
The pandemic has placed a strain on education. Lesley Wood gives teachers some pointers on how to deal with this subject.