New strategies on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections

Closing the treatment gap for children living with HIV
© Giacomo Frigerio

18 January 2016 – A three-part set of global health sector strategies are scheduled for discussion at the 138th session of the WHO Executive Board (EB), convening on 25–30 January 2016. The draft strategies will guide efforts in major disease areas in 2016–2021, contributing to the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, specifically health-related Goal 3. The strategies for HIV and sexually transmitted infections build on previous strategies, while the strategy for viral hepatitis will be the first of its kind.

WHO to develop guidance on HIV self-testing in 2016

Man holding a HIV self-test kit

11 January 2016 – WHO is developing new guidance on HIV self-testing as part of the updated Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services, which are planned for release in December 2016. While a formal recommendation on HIV self-testing has not yet been issued, WHO has already provided programmatic guidance and encouraged countries to start piloting and conducting demonstration projects to evaluate self-testing in their particular contexts.

Stopping the toll. That’s our challenge.

The Department of HIV and Global Hepatitis Programme is pleased to share a short video profiling some of the achievements of 2015 and priorities for the new year. The Department Director, Dr Gottfried Hirnschall shared his end-of-year message to partners and staff, which included the video, saying "I thank all of you and look forward to a strong collaboration in 2016. The coming year will be a stepping stone for our forthcoming global health sector strategies to guide action on HIV and hepatitis for the 2016–2021 period".

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

Latest updates

Global Health Sector Strategies for 2016-2021

Contact us

World Health Organization
HIV/AIDS Department
20, Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27

Help us improve our web site