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HIV Vaccine Trial to be launched in South Africa

28 November 2016

“We’ve never treated our way out of an epidemic. There’s no doubt we have to have primary prevention alongside treatment in order to get HIV control, but we are not going to get HIV eradication without a vaccine. That is very clear.” Linda-Gail Bekker, Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, explains the urgent need for an HIV vaccine in a recent interview with The Guardian. ...

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9 Steps to an HIV Prevention Revolution in Resource-Limited Settings

3 November 2016

It’s 3 decades into the war with HIV/AIDS and so far 78 million have been infected and 39 million people have died, most in an untimely way (1). Yet an important battle has been won: antiretroviral therapy (ART) brought life-saving treatment to those infected, in both the developed and the developing world, and the number of AIDS-related deaths has fallen by 42% since their peak in 2004 (2). ART...

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International Girl-Child Day

11 October 2016

Data is the first step to solving a problem. It sets the scene, uncovers the discrepancies, and reveals clear gaps for focus. Conversely, when something is not counted it is easily ignored. The UN proposes that this...

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Obituary – Steve Lawn

6 October 2016

It is with great sadness that we share the news with you that our friend and colleague, Professor Stephen Lawn, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of Cape Town, has died a...

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Tuberculosis in Cape Town

27 September 2016

Cape Town alone has more TB each year than the US, Canada, UK and Germany put together. Professor Robin Wood, a leading University of Cape Town scientist, is in search of the...

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South Africa: Virtually There, by Bill Gates

21 September 2016

If you could shuffle all of the homes in the world like a deck of cards so that people in wealthy countries lived side by side with people from poor countries, it would transform the world’s fight against pov...

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AIDS conference 2016: Linda-Gail Bekker talks to The Conversation Africa

26 July 2016

As the 21st International AIDS Conference wraps up in Durban, South Africa, Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, incoming International AIDS Society President, talks to The Conversation Africa health and medicine editor Candice Bailey about what was achieved and what still needs to be done. What are the three interventions or innovations that stand out at the conference in terms of taking the f...

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New co-chair of the Community Working Group for HPTN

2 June 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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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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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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