The Desmond Tutu
HIV Foundation

Pairing rigorous research with community-driven development, the DTHF is making a substantial contribution to service delivery and public health policy relating to HIV, tuberculosis and related infections in South Africa.

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HIV weekly news update in partnership with MedicalBrief

  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 231 – HIV News 22 November 2018

    Prednisone reduces risk of TB-IRIS during antiretroviral treatment

    A four-week course of moderate-dose immune suppressant prednisone reduces by 30% the risk of TB-IRIS in HIV-positive patients taking anti-TB medication, who have low CD4 counts.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 231 – HIV News 22 November 2018

    Negligible risk of transmitting HIV when on ART

    There is a negligible risk of transmitting HIV during sex when a person living with HIV is on antiretroviral therapy and maintains a viral load under 200 copies/mL on consecutive measurements every four to six months.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 231 – HIV News 22 November 2018

    Cellphone technology helps detect HIV virus

    Investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital have designed a portable and affordable mobile diagnostic tool, utilising a cellphone and nanotechnology, with the ability to detect HIV viruses and monitor its management in resource-limited regions.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 230 – HIV News 15 November 2018

    HIV transmission during breastfeeding

    Although HIV treatment reduces the risk of transmission during breastfeeding, this risk is not zero. Latest results presented at AIDS 2018 reported that 2/8 cases when transmission occurred form breastfeeding were in women whose most recent viral load was <40 copies/mL.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 230 – HIV News 15 November 2018

    Dolutegravir plus darunavir maintains viral suppression without NRTIs

    A dual antiretroviral regimen containing dolutegravir and boosted darunavir maintains viral suppression in most people who switch from a suppressive three-drug regimen.
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Our Research


Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention Research and Human Rights

Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention Reseach and Human Rights was presented to Linda-Gail Bekker at the HIV Research for …
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Commemorating Professor Bongani Mayosi

30 July 2018 Commemorating Professor Bongani Mayosi South Africa has lost a great physician. Professor Bongani Mayosi was an eminent cardiologist …
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IAS-Lancet Commission Report

Lancet Commission Report”This week, we publish a new International AIDS Society (IAS)–Lancet Commission report: Advancing global health and strengthening the HIV …
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Demand Creation Challenge Winners Announced

The Insight to Impact: Demand Creation Challenge was dedicated to awarding innovative, disruptive, and compelling HIV prevention communications campaigns. Campaigns …
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Our Projects

Desmond Tutu HIV Centre: Postgraduate Diploma in TB-HIV Medicine

Overview The Desmond Tutu HIV Centre and the University of Cape Town are proud to present the first online postgraduate …
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The Tutu Tester

HIV and TB are managed successfully in many countries around the world. Yet, millions of people are still missing care. …
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Adult HIV Educational Programme

Order a Manual Free Online Manual The aim of the HIV education programme is to improve the care of men …
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Youth Centre
Youth Centre

The DTHF Youth Centre

The DTHF Youth Centre complex in Masiphumelele was built in response to requests from the community for a safe, recreational space for young people. DTHF surveys record a high prevalence of HIV infection among youth in the community.

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