WHO announces first country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

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30 June 2015 – Today, Cuba became the first country to be validated by WHO to have eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. The achievement marks a major progress in global public health. "Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible," said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. "This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation."

WHO and partners to catalyse access to HIV self-testing in Africa with UNITAID grant

30 June 2015 – A team of partners, including WHO, received US$23 million investment from UNITAID to develop and improve access to HIV self-testing services in three high-burden African countries over the next two years. With support of UNITAID, the Population Services International (PSI) as well as academic partners, and WHO will deliver over 800 000 rapid diagnostic tests adapted for HIV self-testing across Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe conducting the world’s largest evaluation of HIV self-testing to date.

#Test4HIV to support WHO's new HIV testing guidelines

17 June 2015 | The World Health Organization's (WHO) guidelines are well respected by policy-makers, but often criticized for “remaining on the shelves”, and not reaching the people whose lives depend upon them. For its new consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services, to be released on 19 July 2015, the WHO HIV/AIDS Department is trying a new approach to go beyond the “shelves”. Everyone can make a difference by including #Test4HIV on Twitter and Facebook to raise awareness of the importance of HIV testing services and to promote the new guidelines' release.

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