Busting Myths about PrEP

11 September 2017

 PrEP is an everyday pill that an HIV negative person can take to prevent getting HIV. Consistent use is essential for protection. Since PrEP is still a relatively new advancement in HIV prevention technology, there are still a lot of concerns and misconceptions around it. Fortunately, there has been a flurry of research in the drug and Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, COO of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foun...

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More Prevention Action Needed for MSM – The Sibanye Study

5 September 2017

Men who have sex with men (MSM) are a population at high risk of HIV infection. In order to end HIV, we need targeted prevention strategies for this key population and the Sibanye study has been researching just that. The Sibanye study recorded the uptake of a package of HIV prevention tools in MSM in sites around South Africa...

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Why do Some Children Struggle to Adhere to HIV Treatment?

28 August 2017

This week, we were fortunate to have a visit from Sabine Van Elsland from the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and VU University, who spoke about her research involving HIV positive children and how they respond to HIV treatment. Getting antiretroviral therapy (ART) to youths is one challenge, however, that is only the first challenge to overcome. An HIV positive person has to take daily me...

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Researchers Present at IAS 2017

15 August 2017

The International AIDS Symposium (IAS) Conference 2017 was a wealth of cutting edge research and discussion on HIV and AIDS, and the representatives from the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) were no exception.   Opening the conference was our own Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, the IAS President and International Scientific Chair of IAS 2017. Bekker spoke about the need to maintain levels of ...

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Reaching Cape Town Men and the World

14 August 2017

It was a delight to have a two-for-one research meeting with Ndumiso Madubela and Caroline Reid. Madubela discussed his PhD research outline looking at how men in high HIV burden communities engage with their local health services. Reid discussed her master’s research in science journalism and outlined the popular science journalism process. [caption id=...

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Professor Linda-Gail Bekker opens the International AIDS Symposium Conference

1 August 2017

The IAS2017 Conference on HIV Science held in Paris in July highlighted the progress made internationally to eradicate AIDS.  But it also emphasised that we cannot be complacent and we need to roll up our sleeves to maintain momentum. Nearly 8000 researchers, advocates and policy makers came together to demonstrate that the science that comes out of research centres such as the Desmond Tutu HIV C...

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Apply for the Adolescent Health Training Program

31 July 2017

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation invites staff of governmental & non-governmental organizations working at national, provincial & district levels to the Adolescent & Youth Health Policy Short-Course. The short course for health training takes place from the 11-15 September 2017 at The President Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. The short-co...

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Community Sandwiches For Mandela Day

24 July 2017

“It is in your hands to make of the world a better place.” This quote by Nelson Mandela encapsulates the feeling of Mandela Day. Commemorating his birthday, everyone is encouraged to celebrate by taking some action against poverty and serving the public for 67 minutes in some way. The Desmond Tutu HIV foundation took thi...

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Second Quarter Newsletter

17 July 2017

IAVI #YOUTHTALK Workshop 9th/10th May 2017 For the second year, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) partnered with us to host an exciting and informative research workshop at the River Club Conference Centre. We were delighted to welcome IAVI representatives from Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda and many other local organisations. Resea...

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Prudence Mabele: A Tribute

13 July 2017

Prudence Mabele: Tribute We have lost a champion. Pruden...

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PEPFAR: Oh what good you have done!

23 June 2017

In 1982, the first case of HIV was reported in South Africa. Thereafter the unerring march of AIDS and death ravaged our communities, filled our hospital beds and cemeteries and rendered families bereft of young breadw...

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Heart disease and living with HIV

19 June 2017

HIV is no longer the death sentence it once was: antiretroviral therapy (ARTs) have become so sophisticated that HIV-infected people have a normal life expectancy. However, now that HIV is a manageable, chronic disease, there is a shift in the focus of HIV research.  ...

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