WHO information note on the use of dual HIV/Syphilis rapid diagnostic tests (RDT)
This information note provides interim advice for countries using or planning to introduce dual HIV/syphilis RDT in antenatal services and other testing sites pending forthcoming WHO programmatic guidance, including a WHO recommended testing strategy. This note also emphasizes the need to ensure the quality of HIV and syphilis testing using RDTs, as well as laboratory-based testing, to avoid false positive and false negative HIV and syphilis results.
All you need to know about men who have sex with men and HIV
20 January 2017 - Thirty years after the initial description of the HIV in North American men who have sex with men, the global community faces re-emerging and newly documented HIV epidemics in men who have sex with men (MSM), with estimated median HIV prevalence ranging from 4.3% in South East Asia to 14.9% in the African region (2015 data). Visit our comprehensive web site to check out the latest policies, programme guidance and research work WHO and partners are undertaking in this work area.
All you need to know about sex workers
20 January 2017 - Globally, female sex workers are 13.5% more likely to be living with HIV than other women of reproductive age; in Asia, female sex workers are almost 30% more likely to be living with HIV. Modelling studies indicate that decriminalising sex work could lead to a 46% reduction in new HIV infections in sex workers over 10 years; eliminating sexual violence against sex workers could lead to a 20% reduction in new HIV infections. Visit our comprehensive web site to check out the latest policies, programme guidance and research work WHO and partners are undertaking in this work area.
All you need to know about people in prisons
20 January 2017 - The estimated global HIV prevalence in prisoners is 3%. In some settings, the HIV prevalence in prison is 15 times higher than in the general adult population. Recommended HIV prevention and treatment services are usually unavailable in prison settings: only about 5% of countries have needle/syringe programmes in prisons and only 1 in 3 provide prison based opioid substitution therapy. Visit our comprehensive web site to check out the latest policies, programme guidance and research work WHO and partners are undertaking in this work area.
WHO experts discuss differentiated HIV service delivery
20 December 2016 – The World Health Organization convened a consultation of global experts to discuss existing evidence, policy and practice in applying inclusive differentiated service models for ART delivery to specific populations, such as pregnant and breastfeeding women, children, adolescents and key populations. The final meeting report is now published on our website outlining key discussions on potential implementation approaches of such models in different epidemic settings.
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
18.2 millionAs of mid-2016, 18.2 million people are receiving antiretroviral treatment worldwide.For more: 10 facts on HIV/AIDS
7 out of 107 out of 10 pregnant women living with HIV received antiretroviral treatment.For more: Data and statistics
All you need to know about key populations
Season's wishes from WHO HIV & Hepatitis Department
Breaking the HIV chain in families through partner notification
HIV drug resistance Global Action Plan newsletter
UNifeed video on WHO launch of HIV self-testing guidelines
Expert opinion on new HIV self-testing and assisted partner notification recommendations
In focus: key populations
World AIDS Day
Towards ending AIDS by 2030
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Life stories on HIV
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