At 15 years old, Asanda* towers over her Grade 3 classmates, most of whom are about five years younger than the East Rand teen. Asanda is one of thousands of South Africans born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), according to the University of Stellenbosch.
Women using the birth control shot known by the brand name Depo-Provera may have about a 30 percent higher risk of contracting HIV, according to new research. However, the link between hormonal contraception and HIV remains uncertain.
The Hillbow Clinic is inundated with Zimbabwean women who want to give birth in South Africa, staff told newly appointed Deputy Health Minister Joe Paahla and Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu yesterday.