Young man working as Community-based Distribution Agent in Malawi is explaining HIV self-test kit to a member of the community.

Increase in number of countries adopting HIV self-testing policies

20 July 2016 - UNITAID and the World Health Organization (WHO) today released the second edition of the landscape report on HIV Self-testing which shows that 16 countries have adopted HIV self-testing policies, while many others are currently developing them. Released at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, the report summarizes latest technologies for HIV self-testing, including estimates for demand, supply, and pricing.

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A health worker at Ndirenda health centre of Blantyre, Malawi

WHO warns countries of growing risk of HIV drug resistance

18 July 2016 - The World Health Organization issues a new report today highlighting challenges in scaling up access to HIV treatment. It alerts countries of worrying low levels of HIV treatment adherence and retention rates and the need to ensure the quality of their HIV services to achieve long-term impact.

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WHO at AIDS 2016

WHO at AIDS 2016

July 2016 - The 21st International AIDS Conference is taking place on 18-22 July 2016 in Durban, South Africa. The conference theme is "access equity rights now". WHO is organizing key satellite events on expanding HIV treatment access for all, financing for universal health coverage of HIV and hepatitis services, and will be sharing new directions on hepatitis testing. The AIDS 2016 conference theme is a call to action to work together and reach the people who still lack access to comprehensive treatment, prevention, care and support services.

Annual number of voluntary medical male circumcisions performed for HIV prevention in 14 countries in East and Southern Africa, 2008–2015

New progress in voluntary medical male circumcision

12 July 2016 - In the lead-up to the AIDS 2016 conference, WHO issued a new progress brief on country efforts to scale up voluntary medical male circumcision for HIV prevention. The brief shows that 11.7 million men stepped up for circumcision as a prevention option by end 2015, demonstrating this public health surgical intervention is feasible and can be successful in target countries. The progress contributes to 335 000 HIV infections averted through 2025.


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People living with HIV

36.7 million There were approximately 36.7 million people living with HIV at the end of 2015.

For more: Data and statistics

People on antiretroviral therapy

17 millionIncluding 2 million people who started treatment in 2015.

For more: Global AIDS Update 2016

Mother-to-child transmission

7 out of 107 out of 10 pregnant women living with HIV received antiretroviral treatment.

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Global strategy on HIV

Global Health Sector Strategies for HIV, 2016-2021