WHO launches new guidelines on HIV testing services

17 July 2015 – Vancouver/Geneva – Globally only 51% of people living with HIV know of their status. New "Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services" launched by WHO cover new and existing recommendations centered on lay provider delivered HIV testing services, correct test results and quality of HIV testing, and strategic decision making on when and how to focus HIV testing services. WHO strongly advises countries to task share HIV testing services with trained lay providers who can safely and effectively provide testing using rapid diagnostic tests.

WHO at IAS 2015

10 July 2015 | At the upcoming 8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) taking place on 19-22 July in Vancouver, Canada, the WHO Department of HIV/AIDS will host a series of sessions to launch new recommendations with partners and stakeholders. Ahead of the conference, WHO initiated a social media campaign to raise awareness of the importance of HIV testing services and to promote the new guidelines' release. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #test4HIV on Twitter and Facebook.

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."

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