August 2012


10-16 August 2012—HIV News Update.


  • M&G considers HIV as one of the silent drivers of Lonmin unrest: While the finger-pointing between Lonmin, worker’s unions and police has been centre stage as the nation tries to come to grips with the most immediate causes of the massacre, Mail&Guardian has considered the long-seething “social ills” at the heart of the saga, including the high HIV prevalence in the platinum belt.
  • Government & media make exclusive breastfeeding boob: A rash of supplements, ads and articles promoting exclusive breastfeeding raises questions around the Government and the media’s too-little-too-late response to the state’s now one-year-old exclusive breastfeeding policy.
  • Move! leaves HIV out of GBV: A Move! magazine special report (15 August 2012) listing and detailing crimes committed against women in the run-up to Women’s Month, fails to nail down the well-established links between gender-based violence (GBV) and HIV.

In the news:

  • Women must be entreprenurial to be free (The New Age)
  • Protecting road workers (TNA)
  • Aids conference refects new hope (M&G)
  • SA  must invest in UN's 8 Millenium Development Goals (Sunday Independent)
  • Fresh views on HIV/Aids (City Press)
  • SA link exposed in drug scam (Sunday Times)
  • ARV 'bandits' terror spree (TNA)
  • Keep your vagina healthy (Move!)
  • HIV update: The Berlin patient (DRUM)

17-23 August 2012—HIV News Update


  • HIV on the frontline-but only some of the time: An HIV headline on the frontpage of The Star on Wednesday reminds us that the days of conflict-driven HIV reporting are not yet over.
  • Media can't kick Nyaope habit: A new rash of reports involving the theft of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs do nothing to dispel the myth that ARVs can be smoked and provide a ‘high’.
  • Not all praise for PrEP: The Mail&Guardian provides a sorely needed counterpoint to reports that seem to give the impression that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a shining panacea for all HIV ills.
  • Daily Sun  sniffs out sidelined stories: The Daily Sun’s tabloid taste for the sagas in Average Joe’s life may mean it is able to sniff out stories better than its more highbrow counterparts.

In the news:

  • Women urged to say no to unsafe sex (The New Age)
  • Gender equality is now a constitutional imperative (The Star)
  • Wits offers sex lessons (TNA)
  • Mzanzi abortion shock (Daily Sun)
  • World health body in SA to monitor HIV test kits (The Star)
  • Uganda cracks down on NGOs (TNA)
  • HIV update: TB & HIV (DRUM)
  • Sexworkers part of national HIV plan (Sowetan and TNA)

24-30 August 2012—HIV News Update


  • Marikana accused denied treatment: The Star doesn't drive it home: As the Marikana horror continues to dominate news, an article in The Star (28 August 2012) drops the ball on the secondary and yet still critical issue of miners in police custody who are not receiving their HIV and TB medication.
  • TNA fails to localise neonatal circumcision debate: An extensive article in The New Age (TNA) on neonatal medical male circumcision (MMC) in the United States is a fish out of water.
  • Sowetan cuts out the 'for the KLamp' camp: The latest instalment in the Tara KLamp drama made the Sowetan’s front page last Friday (24 August 2012). But the paper’s prioritisation of the issues involving medical male circumcision (MMC) was eclipsed by a lack of balance, with the article only airing the TAC’s argument.
  • TB in prisons in the public eye: This week The New Age drew attention to the lack of TB prevention measures in South Africa’s prisons through its coverage of Dudley Lee’s court case.
In the news:
  • Festival talks about sex (Daily Sun)
  • Lack of privacy at clinic (TNA)
  • Zuma's new family plan sparks debate (City Press)
  • Maidens on the march (Daily Sun)
  • More kids get helped at care clinics (Daily Sun)
  • Workshop tackles HIV-Aids guidelines (TNA)
  • ARVs made my baby worse (Daily Sun)
  • HIV Update: Disclosure among women (DRUM)



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