HIV/AIDS

Policy statement on HIV testing and counselling in health facilities for refugees, internally displaced persons and other persons of concern

UNHCR, WHO, UNAIDS


8 December 2009

Policy statement on HIV testing and counselling in health facilities for refugees

This policy statement examines the role of HIV testing and counselling in health facilities in increasing access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other persons of concern to UNHCR. It also identifies specific issues regarding HIV testing and counselling amongst these populations as well as makes recommendations for future action.

This policy statement complements and should be used in conjuction with the 2007 WHO/UNAIDS Guidance on provider-initiated HIV testing and counselling in health facilities. Information on an enabling environment, training of workers, health care facilities are all found in the above mentioned WHO/UNAIDS guidance document.

It is anticipated that the recommendations in this document will remain valid until 2012. UNHCR will initiate a review of this document and its recommendations at that time.


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