Siyayinqoba Beat It! is a weekly TV show for everyone living with HIV and AIDS, as well as their partners, families, friends and care givers. Since 1999 the show has provided a platform for people living with AIDS to share their challenges and victories..
Many people living in isolation with HIV find that through Siyayinqoba Beat It! they are part of a vibrant and growing community of people who are meeting and beating the challenges of AIDS. Siyayinqoba Beat It! is broadcast on SABC1 Thursdays at 13h30 and produced by Community Media Trust in partnership with SABC Education
Episode 11: Positive Male Role-Models (26 April 2012)
In this episode of Siyayinqoba Beat It! a young man from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape speaks about his guilt of not being able to protect his sisters from violent men in his community. He supported his sister after her rape ordeal and attended all the court hearings. In Gauteng we meet a man who changed his ways after abusing women. He is now an activist working to sensitize men to gender issues.
Episode 12: Substance Abuse (3 May 2012)
This episode of Siyayinqoba Beat It! deals with the dangers of alcohol abuse. Excessive alcohol use is particularly dangerous for people living with HIV and who are on treatment, as alcohol damages the liver and the medicines do not work properly. In the Western Cape a young woman who drank alcohol during her pregnancy speaks about the damage she caused to her child.
Episode 13: Disclosure and Relationships (10 May 2012)
This episode of Siyayinqoba Beat It! looks at how people living with HIV choose to disclose their status. A woman from Atlantis in the Western Cape speaks about how she disclosed her status to her family and friends, and in Bloemfontein a gay couple talk about how they came to terms with the one partner being HIV positive.
Episode 14: Prevention (17 May 2012)
This episode of Siyayinqoba Beat It! deals with preventing HIV infection and focuses specifically on the reasons why the female condom is not as widely used as the male condom. The episode also looks into research that indicates if you take a certain pill everyday you can prevent yourself from getting HIV.
Episode 15: Gender Violence 2 (24 May)
In this episode of Siyayinqoba Beat It! a 78 year-old woman in a remote village in the Eastern Cape tells how she was infected with HIV after being raped in her house by a group of young men. In Kwazulu/Natal a young man speaks about how he used to abuse woman and how he came to change his ways after joining a men’s group that sensitized him to issues of gender inequality.
Episode 16: Mental Health (31 May 2012)
In this episode of Siyayinqoba Beat It! a woman who was physically and emotionally abused by her husband for many years speaks about her mental breakdown. A psychiatrist explains what Post-traumatic Stress disorder is and how it affects people and a woman in the Eastern Cape who is living with HIV speaks about her struggle with depression.
Episode 17: Nutrition (6 June 2012)
This episode of Siyayinqoba Beat It! deals with the growing problem of obesity in our country. A dietician talks about how modern living and the consumer culture contribute to this problem of obesity, particularly amongst children. A balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle do not need to cost a lot of money. It’s simply about common sense, fresh fruit and vegetables and a bit of exercise.
Episode 18: Teenage Pregnancy (13 June 2012)
In this episode of Siyayinqoba Beat It! teenage girls speak about contraceptives or lack of contraceptives and the reasons why they became pregnant. Miss SA 2010, Bokang Montjane, explains why she feels compelled to constantly raise this issue of teen pregnancy - and a young teenage father speaks about how he supports his child and how his life has changed after becoming a father at such a young age.
Episode 19: Infection Control (20 June 2012)
This episode of Siyayinqoba Beat It! deals with how to stop the spread of infection in our hospitals and clinics and at home. A young woman in Kwazulu/Natal speaks about how she infected her child with TB because the child slept in the same bed as her. A member of the Department of Health’s team who conducted an audit of all health facilities in our country speaks about how many hospitals and clinics failed when it comes to cleanliness and infection control. She explains what the Department of Health is doing to fix this situation.
Episode 20: Teens and Chronics (27 June 2012)
In this episode of Siyayinqoba Beat It! teenagers speak of the challenges they face living with chronic illness. These young people face unique challenges related to their health status, including coping with social stigma, the challenges of having to take life-long treatment, school attendance, and of course forming romantic relationships and exploring their sexuality. Beat It! explores ways in which our health services can become more adolescent-friendly.
Episode 21: Having Healthy Children (4 July 2012)
This episode of Siyayinqoba Beat It! examines how women, including those living with HIV, can have healthy children. A paediatrician explains all the tests and treatments a pregnant woman needs to make sure her baby is born healthy. She details a list of vaccines children should have from birth to the age of twelve to protect them from common childhood diseases and explains how children need to be monitored to check that they are growing properly.
Episode 22: Mobile Populations (11 July 2012)
This episode of Siyayinqoba Beat It! deals with mobile and marginalized groups and the reasons why these groups are often vulnerable to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Sex workers speak about being harassed by police and how decriminalisation of sex work would help to improve their access to health services. Truck drivers and seasonal farm workers too often find it difficult to access health services but there are now projects that provide services to truckers on the road.
Episode 23: Circumcision 2 (18 July 2012)
In this episode of Siyayinqoba Beat It! a group of young men in Kwazulu/Natal go to the hospital to be circumcised. They speak about why they decided to get circumcised. In the Eastern Cape a young man who is a diabetic tells about how he went to a traditional circumcision camp and then became ill and had to be taken to hospital because he was not allowed to drink water at the camp and had to hide his diabetic medication and take it when no-one could see him doing it.
Episode 24: PMTCT and Breastfeeding (25 July 2012)
This episode examines the protocols public hospitals and clinics need to follow to stop babies being born with HIV. In Kwazulu/Natal a woman living with HIV tells us about the treatments she had to take and the advice she was given about breastfeeding to make sure that she did not pass HIV onto her baby.
Episode 26: Transactional and Inter-generational Sex (1 August 2012)
In this episode of Siyayinqoba Beat It! the widespread practice of transactional and intergenerational relationships comes under the spotlight. A group of young girls talk about the benefits of dating older men and a man in Kwazulu/Natal speaks about his taste for young girls. A psychologist and a social anthropologist attempt to explain the reasons for this behaviour and they explain why this behaviour is a driver of the HIV epidemic.
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