STI incidence increased after HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

For gay and bisexual men, receipt of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is associated with an increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In a study published...

Second term for Prof Glenda Gray at SAMRC

Prof Glenda Gray has accepted a second term as President and CEO of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) effective 1 April 2019. Professor Gray...

DoH officials planning direct attempt to prevent HIV/AIDS fund reduction

A R16 billion ($1.2 billion) investment announced by the United States through PEPFAR - the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief initiated by the George W Bush administration in...

Drop seen in pre-invasive cervical disease with HPV vaccination

A team of Scottish researchers have been able to give the assurance that routine vaccination of young girls aged 12 to 13 years with...

Using the arts to help critical-care health professionals cope

For doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, the psychological toll of their environment, as well covered in Med Brief Africa in recent weeks, can...

Top stories you may have missed…

Here are some of the articles Med Brief Africa readers found the most interesting in the past week:Reminder: HMI seminars on market concentration and supply-induced demand. To...

Sick and tired: Doctor wellness in SA needs critical care

As we observe World Health Day on 7 April, health and wellness is on everyone’s minds. But a question seldom asked is: Who cares for the...

Timed vaginal insemination effective to help HIV-affected couples conceive

Timed vaginal insemination is a safe, effective way to help HIV-affected couples conceive, finds a new pilot study in Kenya led by a Michigan Medicine researcher...

Research into health benefits of Rooibos gets R4.5m injection

In line with one of its main strategic objectives, the SA Rooibos Council (SARC) is ramping up research efforts to better understand exactly how our indigenous...

Board of Healthcare Funders MD DR KATLEGO MOTHUDI: ‘Many areas where...

Being appointed Managing Director of the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) in September 2017 could well have been perceived as a natural progression for...

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Health Summit ‘hollow promises’ outcome unfortunate: Suzman Foundation

While acknowledging that the approach to universal health care (UHC) which advocates public-private partnerships is commendable, under the current NHI framework, this relationship is...

Time running out for Titanium Awards nominations

The organisers of the 2019 Titanium Awards have reminded all individuals, healthcare professionals and organisations in the public and private sectors “driving change by...

Overloaded SA medical professionals in danger of burnout: SASOP

Faced with South Africa’s chronic shortage of doctors and specialists, the country’s stressed and overloaded medical professionals are at greater risk of burnout that puts both...

SAPPF concerned about ‘unilateral’ Fraud Charter

 The SA Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF) has given notice that it is still considering whether to support the Fraud, Waste and Abuse Charter (FWA...

Antibiotic-resistant infections more prevalent in AIDS-immunocompromised populations

Populations with a high prevalence of AIDS-immunocompromised people are more likely to see the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, according to a study published in PLOS One. “People...

Urgent action needed to combat TB: SAMA

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says government must focus on neglected groups such as healthcare and mine workers as the world commemorates World Tuberculosis Day...

Physicians’ lack of trust in one another could compromise quality and...

While the importance of trusted relationships between patients and their physicians is taken for granted, little attention has been given to the relationships among physicians themselves....