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 0138 - HIV News 19 January 2017

    HIV testing kit now available in SA pharmacies

    For R59.95 South Africans can now for the first time purchase an HIV testing kit from a local pharmacy and screen themselves for infection in the privacy of their home.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0138 - HIV News 19 January 2017

    Certain genital bacterial communities increase HIV infection risk fourfold

    The most common bacterial community in the genital tract of healthy South African women is associated with a more than four-fold increase in the risk of acquiring HIV, found researchers.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0138 - HIV News 19 January 2017

    Modification of US health guidelines on PrEP recommended

    US federal health guidelines on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV transmission should be modified because current standards could miss some who should be on it, suggests a study.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0138 - HIV News 19 January 2017

    Miscarriage and stillbirth risk increases in smokers with HIV

    Smoking 'dramatically' increases the risk of pregnancy loss in HIV-positive women, US investigators report.
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0137 - HIV News 12 January 2017

    High rate of viral load rebound in women who start Tx during pregnancy or postpartum

    Approximately one-third of HIV-positive women who attain viral suppression after starting ART during pregnancy experience a significant rebound in viral load in the year after giving birth, according to results of a South African study.
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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