HIV/AIDS

The World Health Assembly endorses a new six-year strategy on HIV

Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly (WHA69)

28 May 2016 – A new global health sector strategy for HIV has been endorsed today at the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly. The strategy will guide actions by WHO and countries to step up the HIV response to achieve the 2020 targets. The implementation of the strategy will be determinant for the world to get on track to end AIDS by 2030.

HIV and hepatitis at the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly

69th World Health Assembly, 23 May 2016

24 May 2015 – In her opening speech, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan highlighted recent progress in global health areas including HIV. "We can celebrate the fastest scale-up of a life-saving treatment in history. More than 15 million people living with HIV are now receiving antiretroviral therapy, up from just 690 000 in 2000," she said. The Assembly will provide a pivotal moment for the future of the global response for both HIV and hepatitis as new strategies on these are scheduled for discussion over the coming days.

Partners urge action to tackle HIV misdiagnosis

5 May 2016 – WHO has identified a number or reports of poor HIV testing practices with some reports showing HIV misdiagnosis rates as high as 10.5%. In response, it convened a global meeting on 2–3 March 2016 with its partner organizations to discuss the extent of HIV misdiagnosis and ways to improve implementation of the "Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services". The meeting was organized with the support of the Brocher Foundation.

Uniting to end TB/HIV coinfection

24 March 2016 – Joining the global call to "unite to end tuberculosis (TB)" on World TB Day are Dr Ren Minghui, Assistant Director-General, Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of the Global TB Programme, and Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of the HIV Department. They bring a special message to highlight the burden of TB/HIV coinfection. Alone, TB and HIV are leading causes of infectious disease deaths. Together, TB causes one third of AIDS-related deaths every year.

fact buffet

37 millionAll people living with HIV should start antiretroviral treatment as soon as they are diagnosed.

New "treat-all" recommendation

54% 54% people with HIV are aware of their infection.

Fact sheet on HIV/AIDS

16 millionAlmost 16 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy in 2015.

Fact sheet on HIV/AIDS

Global Health Sector Strategies for 2016-2021

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