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 0121 - HIV News 25 Aug 2016

    Evidence continues to suggest Depo-Provera is associated with increased HIV risk

    Birth control pills and some types of injectable and implanted contraceptives were not associated with an increased risk of HIV acquisition found a German meta-analysis. However, evidence continues to suggest that Depo-Provera raises the likelihood of HIV infection.
  • MedicalBrief Issue No 0121 - HIV News 25 Aug 2016

    Diagnostic algorithm to reduce TB deaths in HIV patients

    The World Health Organisation released a new diagnostic algorithm to reduce the likelihood of ‘seriously ill’ people with HIV dying of undiagnosed and untreated tuberculosis.
  • MedicalBrief Issue No 0121 - HIV News 25 Aug 2016

    Lack of research of HIV-positive pregnant women must be addressed

    The lack of research of HIV-positive pregnant women and pregnant women who are at risk of contracting HIV has 'led to a dearth of evidence to guide safe and effective treatment and prevention'.
  • MedicalBrief Issue No 0121 - HIV News 25 Aug 2016

    HIV pandemic not driving transmission of MDR-TB

    Although the HIV pandemic fuels tuberculosis (TB) outbreaks, it does not drive the development and transmission of multidrug resistance in TB patients as previously suspected, found a large international collaboration
  • MEDICALBRIEF Issue No 0118 - HIV News 4 August 2016

    Interventions successful in supporting Tx adherence

    Interventions which reduce the need for people to attend clinics are proving highly successful in retaining people in care and supporting adherence to HIV medication in southern Africa.
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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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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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