Woodcut from 1665 depicting the Black Death.
From the Black Death to COVID-19, there have always been those who think good Christian practice will save them from death.
A woman walks past a graffiti by Anthony Kihoro in Kenya sensitising people about the coronavirus.
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COVID-19 differs significantly from HIV and Ebola. But the potential consequences of having a misinformed public are similar.
South Africa’s hard, extended lockdown has come at a significant economic cost.
South Africa should base its COVID-19 mitigation strategy on the premise that the pandemic will last for two years unless a vaccine is developed before then.
A woman waits for a streetcar in Toronto on April 16, 2020. The many Black people working in essential jobs do not have the luxury of staying home during the pandemic.
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Black lives are further in peril in a time of COVID-19. Subject to death on both the public health and policing fronts, we will not be silent.
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Her commitment to the communities she was serving was unwavering. She ensured that research results were disseminated to communities before presenting at conferences.
Doctors Without Borders supporters march in protest to the American Consulate in Johannesburg in 2012 over lack of funding to fight HIV.
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Very little is known about the relationship between COVID-19 and HIV and TB. What is known is that people's lungs are affected by all three.
World TB Day awareness rally and skit featuring young people on March 24, 2018 in Mumbai, India.
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Today is World TB Day. With attention turned toward coronavirus, it might seem too much to think about. But there's a lot to consider about the role of young people in stopping both diseases.
The symptoms are non-specific and very similar to other viral infections.
There are many questions left unanswered because the outbreak is still in an early stage.
Access to clean water remains a huge problem in Zimbabwe and many other African countries.
The 17 goals seek to end all forms of poverty everywhere by 2030, by achieving 169 targets. Progress in achieving them does not match the hype.
In some communities, over a quarter of the children were misclassified as iron replete whereas they were iron deficient.
Patients infected with COVID-19 rest at a temporary hospital in Wuhan, China, Feb. 17, 2020.
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Viruses are basically parasites and, as such, can wreak havoc -- but not always. Viruses are within you right now. Viruses cause the most damage when they jump from a familiar host to a new host.
New research reveals a link between a diagnosis of cancer and a lifetime number of 10 or more sexual partners. But there are some flaws in the research we need to consider in interpreting the results.
New HIV infections remain high.
The key to ending the HIV epidemic is a vaccine that will provide long-lasting protection and alleviate the need for prevention methods.
Providing antiretroviral therapy without incorporating quality diets may not help to reduce illness and death related to HIV.
It’s important for scientists to have the most thorough understanding of HIV.
The discovery of a new strain of HIV gives scientists a better understanding of the virus.
A horseshoe bat chasing a moth. Horseshoe bats were the source of SARS. Scientists consider bats to be a possible source of coronavirus.
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Some of the world's worst diseases have come from animals. Bats, cows, camels and horses have all contributed. Now, scientists are working to know which animal introduced the new coronavirus.
Difficult to understand communication and the somewhat overstated benefits of male circumcision may lead to increased risky sexual behaviour.
Obstacles to getting more people with TB treated extend beyond cost. It starts with locating people at greatest risk and expanding preventive treatment programmes.
In Eswatini, Botswana, South Africa and Lesotho more than 1 in 5 children are HIV-exposed but uninfected. A coordinated strategy is needed to ensure all children reach their developmental potential.
South Africa has set ambitious targets to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV completely. It will require innovative strategies and continuous quality improvement to achieve them.