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 0117 - 28 July 2016

    ‘Test and treat’ strategy fails to reduce new infections

    The first major research study of ‘test and treat’ as a public health intervention to report its final results has found that the strategy failed to reduce new HIV infections in the SA communities where it was provided.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0117 - 28 July 2016

    Two-drug regimen successful as initial ART

    In a small pilot study, dual therapy with dolutegravir plus lamivudine induced rapid virologic suppression with a favourable safety/tolerability profile in HIV-1 infected, treatment-naive individuals.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0117 - 28 July 2016

    Social activism: Lighting a fire without sparking a conflagration

    The past week’s AIDS 2016 was the second conference of the International Aids Society to be held in Durban. The first took place in 2000, writes MedicalBrief's William Saunderson-Meyer. The first was a grim affair, overshadowed by denialism. This one was a triumph.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0116 - HIV News 21 July 2016

    Durban 2016: Oh, how things have changed!

    The contrast could not be more stark, writes Nicola Jenvey for MedicalBrief, who in 2000 covered the 13th International Aids Conference in Durban. The failure then of former President Thabo Mbeki to abandon his government's Aids denialism cast a grim shadow over the entire proceedings. In contrast, Aids 2016 at the same venue has been a week of hope...
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0116 - HIV News 21 July 2016

    ATM-type machines to dispense ARVs

    A SA-developed hole-in-the-wall machine that dispenses antiretroviral drugs was unveiled ahead of a pilot scheme that will see units installed in rural areas.
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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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Our Projects

Sensitivity Training

Key Populations Integrated Sensitivity Training Programme The Key Population Research Department leads the development of a health care worker sensitization …
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The Tutu Tester

The Tutu Tester mobile unit provides a free comprehensive health service to under serviced communities. It is in the field …
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Adult HIV Educational Programme

The manual for this distance learning course for doctors and nurses was updated in July 2015 to reflect the latest policies …
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AIDS conference 2016: Linda-Gail Bekker talks to The Conversation Africa

As the 21st International AIDS Conference wraps up in Durban, South Africa, Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, incoming International AIDS Society President, …
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Ground-breaking HIV Study Results

Starting antiretroviral treatment early has substantial health benefits for those living with HIV. The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) Clinical …
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New co-chair of the Community Working Group for HPTN

Ntando Yola, Education and Community Engagement Manager at the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) has been elected to serve as the …
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Partnership with Alere Africa

Tom Lindsay, President of Alere Africa, has signed an agreement to sponsor the Tutu Teen Truck mobile unit (formerly the …
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