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The madness and evil of Manto and Thabo meets the madness and evil of Bathabile and Jacob

The madness and evil of Manto and Thabo meets the madness and evil of Bathabile and Jacob

By Anso Thom Having reported with many journalist colleagues on the darkest days on former President Thabo Mbeki and his health minister Dr Manto ...
Measuring up to the task of tackling HIV and TB in the new NSP

Measuring up to the task of tackling HIV and TB in the new NSP

As the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) nears completion of the next National Strategic Plan (NSP) on HIV, TB, and STIs (2017-2022), ...
The Achilles Heel of the new NSP: Accountability and Equity

The Achilles Heel of the new NSP: Accountability and Equity

As we move towards the release of South Africa’s latest National Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS, TB and STI’s it is important to celebrate the ...
HIV docs win quack HIV gel case

HIV docs win quack HIV gel case

The South Gauteng High Court this week ruled in favour of the SA HIV Clinicians Society in its legal battle with a doctor who promoted a product ...
Sex Work and the new NSP

Sex Work and the new NSP

By Marlise Richter, Thuli Khoza and Katlego Rasebitse Sex Work and the ‘National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB 2017-2022’ – time to be ...
SA’s new AIDS plan falls short on community health workers

SA’s new AIDS plan falls short on community health workers

By Sasha Stevenson- South Africa’s new National Strategic Plan (NSP) on HIV, TB and STIs will be launched on March 24. ...

Fly by night tenders: A Spotlight special investigation into aeromedical service in South Africa

By Marcus Low and Ntsiki Mpulo - Aircraft have been used effectively to provide emergency medical services and to transport medical specialists and ...

South Africa: Sexual violence in Platinum Mining Belt a major driver of HIV

Press Release By Medecins Sans Frontieres Seattle/Rustenburg – New analysis of data detailing the extent of sexual violence in the Rustenburg ...

New TB and HIV science from CROI 2017

By Marcus Low - The Conference for Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) was held in Seattle this week. Click to read about some of the ...
Talking to teens about sex and protection

Talking to teens about sex and protection

By Nomatter Ndebele - It was business as usual at the International Aids conference in Durban in July 2016. The South African Minister of Health was ...
Hearing a problem, and solving it

Hearing a problem, and solving it

By Ntsiki Mpulo - Nombulelo Sojina* cradles her baby close to her chest in a kangaroo mothering-style of skin-to-skin contact. The child’s tiny ...
Towards a workable plan

Towards a workable plan

By Vuyokazi Gonyela, SECTION27 A key ingredient to ensuring our response to the AIDS and TB epidemics is effective, is having a workable plan. To ...
Communities in crisis

Communities in crisis

By Treatment Action Campaign The Treatment Action Campaign has shared the following stories with Spotlight from their provincial operations in ...
Behind the headlines

Behind the headlines

By Marcus Low - Medical research findings are often sensationalised and overstated in the mainstream media. We debunk three cases of HIV-related ...
Hoer! Magosha! Prossie! Doxy! – Why has the law on sex work not changed?

Hoer! Magosha! Prossie! Doxy! – Why has the law on sex work not changed?

By Marlise Richter - Sex work is fully criminalised in South Africa. This means that anyone who buys sex, who sells sex, or who helps facilitate a ...
Did Durban listen to sex workers?

Did Durban listen to sex workers?

By Ishtar Lakhani - This year marked the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIC) held in Durban – 16 years since this conference was last held on ...
How PEPFAR’s anti-prostitution pledge impedes sex worker health

How PEPFAR’s anti-prostitution pledge impedes sex worker health

By Marlise Richter - The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) should end its anti-prostitution pledge. ...
Don’t make us criminals

Don’t make us criminals

By Sally-Jean Shackleton - Address presented at a session entitled ‛South Africa’s National Sex Worker HIV Plan: Are you coming?’ at the 2016 ...
Ambulance emergency in the Eastern Cape

Ambulance emergency in the Eastern Cape

By Mluleki Marongo, SECTION27 Researcher - If you call an ambulance in Johannesburg, there’s a good chance you will be in a hospital within 45 ...
PR and platitudes

PR and platitudes

By Ufrieda Ho - It’s ‛good governance’ week for the Public Protector’s office at the beginning of October and officials are going through the ...