Health24: 10 most read articles of 2016


From bringing light to the mystery of why women crave chocolate during PMS to highlighting the medication you might not have known are now illegal in South Africa and also the latest news in HIV vaccine development.

1. SEE: Facts you probably didn’t know about HIV/Aids

On World Aids Day this year, we brought you the facts you probably didn't know about HIV/Aids.

2. Meet the man with two penises (NSFW photo)

The man with two penises, popularly known as Double Dick Dude, opens up to Health24 about his rare congenital condition known as diphallia.

3. SEE: 12 facts about diabetes

This World Diabetes Day (14 November 2016) we look at 12 facts about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes that you may not know.

4. 7 medications banned in SA

Several drugs, including a popular allergy medication, have been pulled off the market in South Africa. It's illegal to be in possession of any of these medications.

5. Zuma's Aids shower comment comes back to haunt him

President Jacob Zuma's controversial shower comment that was popularised during his rape trial made a comeback; just days after former president Thabo Mbeki again faced the wrath of the medical fraternity over his contentious Aids views.

6. Landmark HIV vaccine trial launched in SA

History was made in South Africa as a trial using the only vaccine in the world proven to offer some protection against HIV got underway.

7. Ever wondered why you crave chocolate during PMS?

When it is that time of the month and all you want is a huge chocolate bar, or two. We gave you the reasons why.

8. The best and worst medical aid schemes in SA

You got to see how your medical aid fared in a survey done with members who revealed which plans met their expectations and which ones left much to be desired. 

9. SA women silently suffering from uterine fibroids

Many women who are suffering from uterine fibroids may experience heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, back and leg pains and a strange urge to eat clay.

10. Most sexually active people will get HPV

About 80 percent of sexually active men and women will be infected with human papillomavirus at some point in their lives. Fortunately, in most cases, our immune systems will take care of the problem.

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