April 2012


20-26 April 2012—HIV News Update.


  • Media needs PEP talk: The media could play a key role in disseminating important and sorely-needed information on post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for rape survivors.
  • New WHO guidelines good news for couples: An article in Monday’s (23 April 2012) edition of The Star updates readers on the latest developments on the HIV-testing, prevention and treatment front.
  • The "what" is no good without the "why": Instead of simply regurgitating stats and facts without contextualising or explaining them, a health-e article published in The Star (26 April 2012) explains the reasons why there are more women in ART programmes than men.

In the news:

  • Children warned about strangers (Daily Sun)
  • Joburg is where I belong (The Star)
  • HIV campaign kicks off at university (Daily Sun)
  • Teens report from HIV frontline (The Times)

30 April-3 May 2012—HIV News Update


  • Raising the dead: The Mail& Guardian this week took us back to the dark ages of HIV denialism by publishing Sam Ditshego’s letter to the editor in which he rehashes the long-since debunked views of HIV denialists.
  • Daily Sun coverage undermines serious issue of ARV shortages: The Daily Sun undermines the issue of ARV drug shortages by presenting purely anecdotal evidence.
  • 'A' is for advocacy, 'B' is for balance: A piece in The Times reminds us of the media’s ability to advocate for health interventions while maintaining a balanced perspective that allows all parties to be heard.
In the news:
  • Local Aids council to be launched (TNA)
  • Health Department to spend five times more on research (The Star)
  • Maternal and infant mortality workshop (TNA)


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