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'Wrong prescription' almost kills woman

  • 30 September 2014 | Sowetan | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, healthcare

Nurses at a clinic in Ivory Park, neat Tembisa, allegedly gave an HIV-positive woman wrong medication which almost killed her.

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Poll: Do you think HIV-positive people should be allowed to serve in the SANDF?

  • 30 September 2014 | The New Age | Category: In the news, Politics and Policy, SANDF

Do you think HIV-positive people should be allowed to serve in the SANDF?

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Trucker wellness campaign kicks off in Harrismith

  • 30 September 2014 | The New Age - Free State news | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, long-distance truck drivers

Engen and Trucking Wellness, an initiative of the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight Industry recently visited Harrisimith to embark on a driver wellness campaign.

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Circumcision device sparks unions outcry

  • 30 September 2014 | Sowetan | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, prepex

South Africa may turn to an Israeli circumcision device to reduce the number of young males who die in botched ceremonies, provoking an outcry from union allies of the ANC who support sanctions against Israel.

Every year, dozens of boys die of blood loss or infection in traditional circumcision practices during initiation ceremonies.

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Premier: HIV-Aids a worry

  • 29 September 2014 | The New Age - Mpumalanga news | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment

Churches in Mpumalanga have appealed to communities in the province to work together in supporting the government’s effort in the fight against HIV-Aids.

This comes after a two-day Mpumalanga provincial Aids council Lekgotla which was held in Hazyview near Mbombela that ended on Friday.

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Dissident claims his views on Aids cost him a job

  • 25 September 2014 | The Star | Category: In the news, Politics and Policy, aids denialism, Anthony Brink, Thabo Mbeki

Aids dissident and advocate Anthony Brink, who claims to have influenced former president Thabo Mbeki’s position on antiretrovirals (ARVs), says he was overlooked for a Legal Aid job because he is “acutely unpopular and widely reviled”.

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Cut HIV stigma among kids, says study

  • 25 September 2014 | The Star | Category: In the news, Children and teens, stigma

Before children reach Grade 6, they need to be exposed to measures to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination in classrooms, research into a large sample of pupils in nine southern African countries has argued.

While only 8.9 percent of South African Grade 6 pupils would avoid or shun a close friend who revealed that they were HIV-positive, one in five believed that HIV-positive children should not be allowed to continue to attend school.

Research authors Brendan Maughan-Brown, from UCT, and Nic Spaull, from Stellenbosch University, explained that stigma held the risk of bullying for HIV-affected and infected children, and that the fear of stigma impacted on whether children living with HIV wanted to go to school.

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'Cures' make big business

  • 23 September 2014 | Sowetan | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, HIV 'cure', TB Joshua

Curing sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/Aids, penis enlargements, stopping bed-wetting, memory loss, baldness and snoring, are some of the services Nigerian “prophet” TB Joshua offers to desperate South Africans.

Joshua’s South Africa-based agents list up to 210 ailments and chronic diseases that the self-styled prophet claims he can cure, including HIV/Aids.

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Social strain of chronic disease

  • 19 September 2014 | Mail & Guardian | Category: In the news, TB and HIV, TB

A landmark conference hosted by the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (Wiser) this time last year introduced the “medical humanities” as a new, vibrant field of enquiry and aimed to develop its presence in South Africa (see Getting Ahead, Mail & Guardian, September 6 to 12, 2013).

last month, the University of Cape Town hosted the country’s second medical humanities conference.

This discipline is taking rot in South Africa because of a strong convergence of academic interests and a willingness to cross traditional disciplinary and faculty boundaries in pursuit of knowledge, as shown by the growing number of social scientists employed in the health sciences and external bodies such as the medical research councils.

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Bravery spurs on Ermelo pride march

  • 19 September 2014 | Mail & Guardian | Category: In the news, Men and HIV, Prevention and treatment, msm

The Mpumalanga Pride match, organised by a lesbian group, the Highveld Heroines Forum, and Ermelo’s LGBTI Parents Forum, started in the tired-looking Mpumalanga stadium on the border of Wesselton, the township in Ermelo.

Images of liberation struggle leaders stared down from the stadium walls.

About 100 people, of all genders (though most were women), and dressed in everything from shorts and T-shirts to home-sewn finery, followed a truck covered in colourful fabrics through Wesselton.

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