Being young and living with HIV in the time of COVID-19

Being young and living with HIV in the time of COVID-19

Stigma and discrimination makes accessing healthcare services hard for many young people living with HIV. Has it become even harder during the COVID-19 pandemic? Nomfundo Xolo spoke to young people and activists in KwaZulu-Natal.

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COVID-19: What the lockdown means for sexual and reproductive health services

COVID-19: What the lockdown means for sexual and reproductive health services

Access to reproductive healthcare services is almost always time sensitive and not something that can simply be placed on hold because of the COVID-19 lockdown. It remains as important as always to provide services that reinforce women’s rights to dignity, autonomy and to access healthcare services, including reproductive healthcare services, writes Thuthukile Mbatha and Tendai Mafuma.

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#Whatsitlike: The fascinating world of Surrogacy in South Africa

#Whatsitlike: The fascinating world of Surrogacy in South Africa

Reproductive freedom can include both the right to avoid procreation through means like abortion and the right to choose procreation through surrogacy and Assistive Reproductive Technology. Spotlight sat down with a mother who has been a surrogate on two occasions to discuss choice, the legalities and medical side of this process.

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What’s it like: Being a midwife in South Africa

What’s it like: Being a midwife in South Africa

While the word midwife often conjures up images of old-fashioned births, the profession is still a vital part of modern health care. Spotlight spoke to some midwives and those involved in training about what it takes to be a midwife.

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Has Government Aborted the Sexual Reproductive Health Rights of Women?

Has Government Aborted the Sexual Reproductive Health Rights of Women?

In South Africa women’s sexual and reproductive health rights are often glorified based on our progressive laws. The reality, however, is that women’s sexual and reproductive health rights are routinely undermined in the absence of accurate information on safe abortion services.

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DREAMS and She Conquers

DREAMS and She Conquers

An estimated 2 000 new HIV infections occur in young women and girls every week in South Africa. Two high-profile programmes are aiming to address this crisis. In this joint Spotlight/Health-e News Service special investigation, we go beyond the bells and whistles and ask what difference these programmes are really making.

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