WHO confirms antiretroviral therapy reduces the risk of life-threatening HIV-related infections

Woman standing at the door, smiling
WHO/A. Kari

17 June 2016 - Adults and children with HIV who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) as early as possible reduce their risk of developing serious HIV-related infections, according to new findings published in Clinical Infectious Diseases on 15 June 2016. ART has a dramatic effect in reducing death rates as well as new HIV infections. These findings demonstrate that ART has the same effect in reducing the risk of serious opportunistic infections in adults and children. This reinforces the need to continually prioritize the expansion of access to ART.

The United Nations General Assembly adopts the 2016 Political Declaration to end AIDS

UNGA High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, June 2016, New York

10 June 2016 - The United Nations General Assembly has adopted, by consensus, the 2016 Political Declaration on the Fast-Track to End AIDS in the age of Sustainable Development. Member States commit to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030, a key target for the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

"Treat all" to end AIDS

Mother and her child in Kenya speaking to an HIV activist and trainer
© Felix Masi, Courtesy of Photoshare

9 June 2016 – Achieving the global target to end AIDS by 2030 will require rapid and effective implementation of WHO's "treat all" recommendations, as noted by delegates from countries and partner organizations at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS. At the end of 2015, more than 17 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy out of a total 37 million people living with HIV.

Thailand, Belarus and Armenia eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV

A mother kisses her infant in Chiangmai Province, Thailand
© 2010 Hansa Tangmanpoowadol, Courtesy of Photoshare

8 June 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates Thailand, Belarus and Armenia for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV as a public health problem. Thailand and Belarus have been validated by WHO for elimination of dual infections: HIV and syphilis. The Republic of Moldova has also been validated for elimination of mother-to-child transmission of syphilis. The countries are receiving validation certificates from WHO today at a side event of the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS.

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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

17 million17 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy in developing countries, at the end of 2015.

UNAIDS Global AIDS update

Global Health Sector Strategies for 2016-2021

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