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 0092 - HIV News 4 February 2016

    Resistance to Tenofovir emerging in sub-Saharan Africa

    Tenofovir (Viread) resistance appears to be emerging frequently among HIV patients facing virologic failure, with resistant strains affecting as many as 60% of sub-Saharan Africans with the infection who failed first-line ART, according to a multicentre retrospective study.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0092 - HIV News 4 February 2016

    Impact of the Swiss Statement on HIV transmission

    The 2008 so-called 'Swiss Statement' on HIV-health remains persuasive a full eight years later, argues Professor Pietro Vernazza, an infectious diseases specialist, in a Swiss Medical Weekly report.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0092 - HIV News 4 February 2016

    Poly-pharmacy link to non-continuous ART

    HIV patients taking a large number of medications for non-HIV conditions are at increased risk of stopping or changing their ART.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0092 - HIV News 4 February 2016

    Early ART start to prevent later cognitive decline

    Individuals who start HIV treatment very soon after contracting the virus may be at lesser risk of later cognitive decline.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0092 - HIV News 4 February 2016

    Cumulative use of ARVs increases liver disease risk

    The cumulative use of several antiretrovirals, including d-drugs Zerit, Videx, Viread and Agenerase, were independently associated with increased rates of end-stage liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma among adults with HIV.
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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 Men’s team leads the development of a health care worker sensitization training manual …
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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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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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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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Fighting the Good Fight

Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, has been featured in the May 2015 issue of VAX, the Bulletin on AIDS Vaccine Research, as …
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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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