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Pledge for Prudence

Pledge for Prudence

Mark Heywood paid tribute to AIDS, human rights and gender activist Prudence Mabele who recently passed away
New HIV policy for schools does not go far enough

New HIV policy for schools does not go far enough

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has launched its new National Policy on HIV, STIs and TB Is it good enough And how can it be
Modernising ART

Modernising ART

By Dr Michelle Moorhouse - Antiretroviral therapy (ART) in South Africa seems set for a revolution with a new drug combination that is
A vision without a plan: In-depth analysis of SA’s new HIV and TB plan

A vision without a plan: In-depth analysis of SA’s new HIV and TB plan

South Africa’s HIV and TB plan for the next five years has been riddled with controversy Here’s our assessment of the plan

IN FOCUS: Sex Work

While the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa has been on the table for over a decade, this has not resulted in any law reform and sex work thus remains criminalised. This stalemate has implications for both the transmission of HIV and for the protection of the rights of sex workers.

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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’ –
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
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
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

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Opinion: Return of the quacks

Opinion: Return of the quacks

For a long time, South Africa has been a country where charlatans are able to flourish and peddle dangerous remedies for all kinds of ...
Opinion: Will we get the NSP right this time?

Opinion: Will we get the NSP right this time?

By Marcus Low, Spotlight Editor - At the end of this year South Africa’s big plan to fight HIV and tuberculosis (TB) comes to an end The ...
Opinion: Dear Deputy President Ramaphosa

Opinion: Dear Deputy President Ramaphosa

This open letter from Mark Heywood appeared on Spotlight’s website and in the Daily Maverick at the end of August While we are three ...
Editorial: The new hiv & TB plan – Three months to get it right

Editorial: The new hiv & TB plan – Three months to get it right

Delays at the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) has meant that the new NSP (National Strategic Plan) will now only be ready in ...

Videos

VIDEO: #FireBenny

VIDEO: #FireBenny

The Treatment Action Campaign and partners recently held a meeting to establish the Free State People’s Health Coalition More than
VIDEO: The Price of Gold

VIDEO: The Price of Gold

  Judgment in the historic Silicosis Class Action, Bongani Nkala and 55 Others v Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd and 31 Others, will
VIDEO: TB Aware: Nulda Beyers

VIDEO: TB Aware: Nulda Beyers

TB scientist Professor Nulda Beyers speaks about the critical needs to employeers to enable employees to get tested and treated for TB
VIDEO: TB Aware: Lungi Langa

VIDEO: TB Aware: Lungi Langa

Health journalist Lungi Langa shares her journey of being diagnosed with TB, surviving the horrid treatment and then having to deal with