Sexual health

“Sex is a choice and menstruation is not”: There is no dignity in education without proper sanitation
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Politics and Society “Sex is a choice and menstruation is not”: There is no dignity in education without proper sanitation

South Africa held a consultative Indaba on The Draft National Policy Framework on Sanitary Dignity that looks to provide free sanitary towels for young women and girls. In South Africa having a period is an expense that many cannot afford, and millions of girls miss school each month due to lack of sanitary pads.

Second successful penis transplant performed by Stellenbosch University team in South Africa
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Politics and Society Second successful penis transplant performed by Stellenbosch University team in South Africa

In South Africa, the world’s third successful penis transplant has been successfully performed by a team from Stellenbosch University at the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town. The transplant took nine and a half hours. The recipient of the transplant was a black man who had complications after a traditional circumcision 17 years ago and had lost his penis while the donor was a white man.

“Women need options when a man says no to a condom”: An interview with Kenyan HIV activist Jacque Wambui
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Lifestyle “Women need options when a man says no to a condom”: An interview with Kenyan HIV activist Jacque Wambui

In much of Africa, HIV is no longer the medieval plague it used to be. Which is not to say the virus still doesn’t pose a significant threat to the continent’s future. HIV is a wily fiend and our hard-earned gains can be quickly eroded if complacency slips in. Thankfully, as Kenyan HIV activist Jacqueline Wambui explains to Dr. Diana Wangari in this interview, science is helping keep the virus at bay by giving women greater control in the bedroom than they’ve traditionally had.