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 0135 - HIV News 1 December 2016

    Hyaluronic acid filler improves facial volume in facial lipoatrophy

    Patients with HIV-associated facial lipoatrophy who received treatment with hyaluronic acid filler achieved significant improvement in facial volume up to 1 year, with no permanent adverse events.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0135 - HIV News 1 December 2016

    HIV-associated cancers less frequent in patients on ART

    Kaposi sarcoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma – two HIV-associated cancers – are less frequent, but still occur in patients undergoing antiretroviral therapy, according to a Northwestern University study
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0135 - HIV News 1 December 2016

    Little emphasis on retention in care in HIV sphere

    Surprisingly little emphasis is placed on retention in care compared to other issues in the HIV sphere, argue experts on the Science Speaks blog.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0134 – HIV News 24 November 2016

    HIV patients with optimal care living as long as non-HIV peers

    Patients with HIV who receive optimal care are now expected to live as long as their peers without HIV, according to a Danish study.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0134 – HIV News 24 November 2016

    Data system set to accelerate HIV/AIDS elimination in SA

    A new web-based system has been introduced that makes pertinent data accessible to healthcare practitioners involved in managing SA's HIV epidemic in near-real time.
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Our Research


HIV Vaccine Trial to be launched in South Africa

“We’ve never treated our way out of an epidemic. There’s no doubt we have to have primary prevention alongside treatment …
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9 Steps to an HIV Prevention Revolution in Resource-Limited Settings

It’s 3 decades into the war with HIV/AIDS and so far 78 million have been infected and 39 million people …
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International Girl-Child Day

Data is the first step to solving a problem. It sets the scene, uncovers the discrepancies, and reveals clear gaps …
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Obituary – Steve Lawn

It is with great sadness that we share the news with you that our friend and colleague, Professor Stephen Lawn, …
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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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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.

Visit the Youth Centre