New MomConnect app for pregnant women

  • 22 August 2014 | The Star & The Times | Category: In the news, Children and teens, PMTCT, Women and HIV, mhealth, PMTCT

Expectant women can now download a cellphone app to keep tabs on their progress through pregnancy, and for a year after childbirth.

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Ignoring prenatal HIV care leads to lifelong burden

  • 22 August 2014 | Mail & Guardian | Category: In the news, Children and teens, PMTCT, Women and HIV, PMTCT

Tears stream uncontrollably down *Samantha Benjamin’s cheeks as she cradles her four-month-old daughter *Francis in her lap.

“I know that it is because I was lazy that my child is HIV positive,” she mumbles softly. ” I blame myself.”

The infant bundled in a starry yellow fleece blanket is her fourth child and her “surprise baby”.

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Medics get the needle

  • 21 August 2014 | The Times, The Star & The Sowetan | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, needle-stick injuries, occupational health & safety

South Africa has the highest number of needle-stick injuries in Africa, amounting to 25% of all reported cases.

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Sugar deaths rival AIDS

  • 20 August 2014 | Sowetan | Category: In the news, non-communicable diseases

Sugar may become the new sweet and sour of the food industry.

And soon consumers may have to pay a tax on nature’s sweet temptation.

A recent study conducted by the University of the Witwatersrand shows that a 20% sugar tax, as suggested by the department of health, on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) could reduce obesity in adults.

Sugar-sweetened beverages include fizzy drinks (cold drinks) and sweetened juices.

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Clubs boost quality of life

  • 20 August 2014 | The New Age - Western Cape news | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, hiv treatment

The city of Cape Town is pleased with the progress of a City Health initiative to improve service delivery to residents.

Since 2011, City Health, in partnership with the Western Cape’s department of health and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, has rolled out a number of anti-retroviral (ARV) clubs at treatment facilities across the city.

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Health-Zazi programme launched to tackle HIV

  • 18 August 2014 | The New Age | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, Women and HIV, gender

The Department of Higher Education and Training has launched a women’s health programme dubbed Health-Zazi to help young women take charge in the prevention of HIV at the Soweto campus of the university of Johannesburg.

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Lobbies oppose plan to move HIV+ soldiers

  • 15 August 2014 | Sowetan | Category: In the news, SANDF

Soldiers living with HIV will be placed in supportive roles rather than combative roles.

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'Vaginas feed students'

  • 15 August 2014 | Sowetan | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, Women and HIV, gender, gender inequality, Sugar daddies

Students at tertiary institutions are forced to use their vaginas as currency in order to feed themselves.

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Pleasure myth shatters

  • 15 August 2014 | The New Age - KwaZulu-Natal news | Category: In the news, Circumcision, Men and HIV, Prevention and treatment, Women and HIV, mmc

A study currently under way in Kenya to determine whether circumcision reduces sexual pleasure or not has so far shattered the myth that a circumcised man offered little pleasure to his woman during sexual intercourse.

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'Gautengers are happy'

  • 15 August 2014 | The New Age | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment

About 70% of people in gauteng are happy, according to the quality of life survey released yesterday.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has accepted the findings of the survey, saying, “The 2013 GCRO quality of life survey has been thorough and we welcome the findings. They show us challenges we need to focus on.”

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