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Ground-breaking HIV Study Results

1 June 2015

Starting antiretroviral treatment early has substantial health benefits for those living with HIV. The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) Clinical Trials Unit has been a major participant in an important international clinical trial.  The results were released on 27th May and will have a considerable impact on the management of HIV treatment in the future.    The...

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Partnership with Alere Africa

1 June 2015

Tom Lindsay, President of Alere Africa, has signed an agreement to sponsor the Tutu Teen Truck mobile unit (formerly the Tutu Treater).   He is seen here with DTHF Youth Centre interns, Ntokoza Stofile, Phutuma Thole and Keziah Quimpe, with Professor Linda-Gail Bekker. Currently Cape Town is experiencing not only an HIV but also a STI epidemic, especially in adolescents.  We have found that ...

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Fighting the Good Fight

1 June 2015

Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, has been featured in the May 2015 issue of VAX, the Bulletin on AIDS Vaccine Research, as one of five prominent women scientists from across the world, who are making a difference in the fight against AIDS. Prof Bekker  is the President-Elect of the International AIDS Society, and is the first woman from Africa to hold this position, which she will take up at the 21st I...

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New co-chair of the Community Working Group for HPTN

27 May 2015

Ntando Yola, Education and Community Engagement Manager at the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) has been elected to serve as the new co-chair for the HIV Prevention Trials Network. (HPTN).    The HPTN is a worldwide collaborative clinical trials network that develops and tests t...

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Launch of Contraceptive Choices Flipchart

14 April 2015

The DTHF Family Planning Integration into HIV Care and Treatment Services Project (FPI Project) has launched the Contraceptive Choices Flipchart.   This innovative tool was developed by the FPI Project team and is an outcome of the FP Refresher workshops that the team has been engaged in in partnership with the Western Cape Province Department of Health. The FPI Project has been instrumental ...

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Professors Robin Wood and Linda–Gail Bekker have won the 2014 Alan Pifer Award

9 April 2015

The Alan Pifer Award was granted to them for excellence in research, treatment, training and prevention of HIV–related diseases and infections in Southern Africa. Their journey has taken them from the dark days of AIDS denial to an important moment in the history of the epidemic. "What got me into this work," says Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, deputy director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, "...

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Panel Discussions at CROI – Brian Kanyemba

20 March 2015

Brian Kanyemba from the DTHF Men’s Division attended the Co-infections, Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections conference in Seattle February 2015.   His interest in the outcomes of the conference was to understand how new bio-medical HIV treatment and prevention interventions might be transferred from the science of clinical trials to the end user in the broader community. During the co...

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AGS promotes ‘Health on Wheels’

4 March 2015

AGS Movers are platinum sponsors of the annual FIDI international conference to be held in Cape Town 29th March – 1st April. They are using this platform to promote the DTHF Tutu Tester ‘Health on Wheels’ project through a gateway www.agsmovers.com/connect In addition to providing an exceptional online ...

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EU Commissioner & SA Minister visit CIDRI & the DTHF Youth Centre

27 January 2015

On World AIDS Day (December 1st), a high-level delegation from the European Union and European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), launched Phase 2 of the EDCTP, funding from which supports some of the research at CIDRI and the DTHC. As part of the launch, Commissioner Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and his delegation ...

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Weber-Parkes Trust Medal

17 October 2014

Join us in warmly congratulating our Director, Prof Robin Wood, on his recently being awarded the Weber-Parkes Medal from the Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom. This is in recognition for his substantial contribution to the fight against tuberculosis. The Weber-Parkes Trust Medal was founded in 1895 by a gift from Dr Hermann Weber in memory of Dr Alexander Parkes. This endowment...

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IAS Governing Council 2014 – 2016

17 October 2014

Prof. Linda-Gail Bekker is new President-Elect of the International AIDS Society The International AIDS Society (IAS) has announced Dr. Chris Beyrer as its new President for the next two years and Dr Linda-Gail Bekker, MBChB, DTMH, FCP (SA), PhD as the new President-Elect. Linda-Gail Bekker is Deputy Director and Professor of Medicine at the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, University of Cape To...

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In Memoriam

17 October 2014

Prof Lange was based in Amsterdam and was one of the first international colleagues who helped us to get going with ART in the clinic at Somerset Hospital. He was protocol chair of the 2NN study and some of our patients alive today owe their lives to this very seminal study. Joep was larger than life- brilliant and visionary. He let nothing, including opposing ideas, philosophies or resource...

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