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SA lags on access to sexual and reproductive health...

June 24th, 2019       News  

South African women bear the brunt of inadequate sexual and reproductive health policies, which are often great on paper but lacklustre when it comes to being implemented in government clinics and hospitals that serve the majority of the population.

AIDS prevention an election ploy?

September 14, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

According to the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the recent announcement by Western Cape Minister of Health Nick Koornhof that the mother-to-child prevention of HIV/AIDS programme would be rolled out to five new areas next year may be little more than an election ploy.

AIDS prevention an election ploy?

September 14, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

The Treatment Action Campaign held a picket in Cape Town recently, protesting the Western Cape’s government selective implementation of its mother-to-child HIV/AIDS prevention programme. Jo Stein reports.

Severe head injuries ‘€“ who gets treated?

September 8, 2000
Health Funding  

A controversial new approach to rationing care for head-injuries is being developed at Groote Schuur hospital. The new policy, introduced because budget cuts mean that there are insufficient resources to give optimum care to all severe head injuries, will give doctors guidelines as to which patients should receive the most intensive care. Jo Stein reports.

Should we prioritize the sex industry for the prevention of HIV/AIDS?

September 8, 2000
HIV Prevention  

In South Africa, there is no co-ordinated national policy specifically targeting the sex industry to prevent the spread of HIV infection. But such a policy may be less appropriate for South Africa than for other developing countries. By Jo Stein.

100% condom use among sex-workers is possible

September 8, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Developing countries like Cambodia are following the Thai example and implementing successful 100% condom use programmes for commercial sex workers. But some argue that the approach discriminates against commercial sex workers. Jo Stein reports

Pissing in the wind

September 8, 2000
HIV Prevention  

Regular virginity testing is seen as a solution to HIV/AIDS. But for the majority of virginity testers, assessing virginity has nothing to do with whether a girl’s hymen is intact. Many testers also not see virginity as an absolute state. There may be “grades” of relative virginity. One virginity tester from Zululand reported recently on […]

HIV/AIDS education for youngsters

September 1, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Western Cape pupils from Grade one are going to be taught about HIV/AIDS as past of the National Life Skills programme that will be implemented at all schools in the province within the next three years. More than a thousand primary school teachers in the Western Cape will undergo life skills training before March next […]