‘I have never had sex, so how could I be HIV positive?’

‘I have never had sex, so how could I be HIV positive?’

A 22-year-old girl learned that she inherited her HIV status from her parents, who died when she was very young. Saidy Brown was 14 when she discovered that she was HIV positive. Now 22, she has spoken openly about the...
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Want to boost brain power? Have more sex

Want to boost brain power? Have more sex

Older people looking to boost their brain power have long been told to eat their greens or do a cryptic crossword. Tell a friend But there may now be a more interesting way to improve brain function – having sex...
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What not to do when you have the flu

What not to do when you have the flu

Vuyo Mkize It’s the season of coughs and snot, sniffs and body aches – flu; a virus we are all bound to catch if unlucky and unprepared at least at some point of the year. Not only do these symptoms...
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Dispelling myths about menstruation

Dispelling myths about menstruation

Health Matters with Thandeka Moyo ONE of the most popular misconceptions about menstruation that we subscribed to as we grew up was the fear that sharing clothes “transmits” period pain from one person to the other. Not that sharing of...
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Global Fund donates $18m to help fight malaria

Global Fund donates $18m to help fight malaria

THE Global Fund for health has donated $18 million to help fight malaria in Southern Africa by 2020, which is currently killing thousands of people annually. By Nokuthaba Dlamini This was revealed by the Sadc ambassador for malaria elimination Richard...
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Liberia says cause of mystery deaths unknown but Ebola ruled out

Liberia says cause of mystery deaths unknown but Ebola ruled out

Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban Health authorities in Liberia say the mysterious disease that killed nine people was not Ebola as was previously feared. Dr. Francis Kateh told the BBC that from tests they run on the blood samples and other...
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Oral sex and cancer? Yes, there is a link

Oral sex and cancer? Yes, there is a link

When actor Michael Douglas told a reporter that his throat cancer was caused by Human papillomavirus (HPV) contracted through oral sex, two themes emerged that had nothing to do with celebrity gossip. The first was incredulity – since when was...
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Zimbabwe in mental health crisis

Zimbabwe in mental health crisis

By Staff Reporter …10 percent of Zim population mentally ill …Economic woes trigger mental health crisis THE effects of almost two decades of an economic free-fall has had a devastating mental, emotional and physical toll on the generality of Zimbabweans.....
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Sadc mobilises resources to fight malaria

Sadc mobilises resources to fight malaria

HEALTH and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa has disclosed that he recently met with his Southern Africa counterparts to collectively mobilise resources to combat malaria following a sharp increase in cases due to this year’s prolonged wet spell. By Nha...
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WHO issues ethics guidance to protect rights of TB patients

WHO issues ethics guidance to protect rights of TB patients

Dibie Ike Michael with REUTERS The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched new ethics guidance meant to meet specific standards on the way people affected by tuberculosis are treated. Countries already implementing the WHO ‘End TB Strategy’, a bluepri...
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