HIV and hepatitis at the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly
24 May 2015 – In her opening speech, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan highlighted recent progress in global health areas such as 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.
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.
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.
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