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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How can Circumcision Prevent HIV?

19 June 2017

Medical Male Circumcision (MMC) is currently recommended for men living in areas where HIV rates are high and prevention tools are scarce. Some men, understandably, are unwilling to undergo MMC. Nyaradzo Chigorimbo-Tsikiwa, with the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre and the Division of Immunology, is researching the cellular and molecular composition of the foreskin. The goal is to identify how HIV penetrat...

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Healthcare Providers Respond to Latest HIV Prevention Research

13 June 2017

New HIV prevention technologies are researched all the time at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. Often, scientists are concerned with how the people using these products will respond to them. But, equally important, is the response from the healthcare workers prescribing them. Robina Momanyi, an IAVI fellow visiting the Desmond...

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Closing in on Airborne TB

18 May 2017

We were very fortunate to have Professor Robin Wood and Dr Keren Middelkoop, both from the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF), update us on the tuberculosis (TB) aerobiology project. The project aims to characterise how airborne TB infects people in different spaces. South Africa is one of the six countries globally with the highest rates of TB. The bacteria is responsible for the highest percenta...

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