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Women confound HIV researchers

Why would young, single African women not take free drugs that could potentially save them from contracting a life-threatening infection?

Cheap drugs a bitter pill for the West

A global squabble over property rights could see the price of medicine soar in poor countries.

Aids most prevalent cause of early deaths in SA

Aids kills more people prematurely in SA than another other disease – in sharp contrast to two decades ago, which set them at just 12%.

Daily ARV dose ineffective among Africa’s HIV-negative women

According to HIV prevention trial results, the daily use of pills or a vaginal gel does not appear to prevent HIV-infection in African women.

Expanding contraceptive options for SA’s women

The long-acting implant contraceptive Jadelle is being made available at 50% of its original price to women in developing countries.

Health MEC: turn-around strategy has helped Gauteng settle R4.2bn in accruals

The turn-around strategy implemented by the Gauteng health department is helping to solve poor financial management, said MEC Ahm Papo.

New TB drugs offer cautious hope

Tests on new TB drugs have not yet been completed and some results have been worrying.

Fukushima: Cancer a risk for those in worst hit zone

People in the area worst affected by the Fukushima Daiichi accident have a higher risk of developing cancer, says the World Health Organisation.

Economic policy: The poor still lose

Rural areas have always been at the bottom of the list when it comes to healthcare and expenditure.

Rape begets rape – SA’s brutal legacy

Studies show that men who themselves are victims are more likely to abuse women

Mozambique at high risk of cholera outbreak

Flooding, displacement and poor access to humanitarian aid are creating an ideal environment for the surge of cholera in Mozambique, warns an NGO.

Report shows SA meat products contain donkey, goat, buffalo

The discovery of horse in meat products sparked outrage across Europe and a new Stellenbosch University report has revealed similar findings in SA.

The right to life – and death

However much we abhor the idea, the choice is personal and should be respected

Immune boosters a risky letdown

Immune boosters should not be substituted for real medication. Yet the claims on their packaging may seduce and persuade consumers

Gender violence: Creating a new normal for South Africa’s men

The solution lays in addressing 'how we raise our boys' and "how we equip parents to be parents". But there's a long way to go.

Drop in infections follows ARVs’ success

ARVs have slowed down the rate of new HIV infections and increased the life expectancy of the general population in rural KZN

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