IN-DEPTH: Vaginal ring ushers in new era in HIV prevention

IN-DEPTH: Vaginal ring ushers in new era in HIV prevention

A recent announcement about a vaginal ring to prevent HIV has AIDS activists and women’s sexual and reproductive health advocates excited. But where would this ring fit in South Africa’s HIV prevention programme? Amy Green investigates.

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COVID-19: NHLS reducing its dependence on “a few suppliers”

COVID-19: NHLS reducing its dependence on “a few suppliers”

Early enthusiasm about South Africa’s strong position to scale up COVID-19 testing due to existing investments in diagnostic infrastructure for HIV and TB waned after the country found itself unable to secure adequate test materials. Steps are now being taken to reduce the dependence on just a few suppliers for these materials. Catherine Tomlinson reports.

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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: How PE waste pickers navigate lockdown and hunger

COVID-19: How PE waste pickers navigate lockdown and hunger

Hundreds of people daily search for recyclable materials to sell and food to eat at Arlington and Uitenhage waste disposal sites in Port Elizabeth. Luvuyo Mehlwana spoke to waste pickers about their fears of contracting COVID-19 from waste and to experts about the risks of this happening.

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COVID-19: Lockdown, hunger and staying on HIV treatment in Hammonds Farm

COVID-19: Lockdown, hunger and staying on HIV treatment in Hammonds Farm

Concerns are mounting over people stopping or not starting tuberculosis and HIV treatment during South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown. Nomfundo Xolo spoke to activists and people living with HIV and TB in Hammonds Farm in Verulam in KwaZulu-Natal about the challenges they face.

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A convenient untruth: The TB Proof healthcare worker

A convenient untruth: The TB Proof healthcare worker

We were told the planned release date for an occupational health policy to protect healthcare workers was World tuberculosis Day, 24 March 2017. Three World TB Days later and with a new epidemic claiming the lives of healthcare workers we are still waiting for the policy, writes Dr Arne von Delft.

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COVID-19: Pandemic puts pressure on medicine supply

COVID-19: Pandemic puts pressure on medicine supply

Reports of drug shortages and stock-outs across South Africa have the Department of Health in a race against the clock to ensure a supply of essential medicines. With manufacturing operations around the world still facing issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is battling to meet the demand for contraceptives, tuberculosis medicines and psychiatric medicines.

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Opinion: HIV and TB are losing out in the drive to stop COVID-19

Opinion: HIV and TB are losing out in the drive to stop COVID-19

It seems HIV and TB are falling by the wayside in the drive to stop the spread of COVID-19. Where we can we must  minimise the harm to the HIV and TB response, and we need to see the opportunity to address all three diseases together, writes Erica Penfold.

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COVID-19: Concerns mount over COVID-19 stigma in KZN

COVID-19: Concerns mount over COVID-19 stigma in KZN

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in KwaZulu-Natal increases, provincial health authorities, health practitioners and public health activists urge residents to avoid the spread of misinformation fuelling stigma around COVID-19. Nomfundo Xolo investigates.

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COVID-19: Lockdown takes heavy toll on SA’s TB response

COVID-19: Lockdown takes heavy toll on SA’s TB response

Tuberculosis (TB) testing rates are down by almost half and dramatically fewer TB patients are starting treatment. Kathryn Cleary takes an in-depth look at the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown on TB services in South Africa.

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COVID-19: Don’t take BCG vaccine away from kids who need it for TB, experts say

COVID-19: Don’t take BCG vaccine away from kids who need it for TB, experts say

The use of the BCG vaccine for an unproven indication is irresponsible and may deplete BCG stocks for young children, for whom it has been proven to be a lifesaving preventive tool against TB, argue a group of leading experts.

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