Policy Statement on HIV Testing and Counselling for Refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR
This Policy Statement examines the role of HIV testing and counselling (HTC) in health facilities in increasing access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and stateless persons (see Glossary for definitions). It also identifies specific issues regarding HTC amongst these populations and issues recommendations for future action.
This policy statement complements and should be used in conjunction with existing World Health Organization guidance, specifically Guidance on Provider-Initiated HIV Testing and Counselling in Health Facilities and Service delivery approaches to HIV testing and counselling (HTC): A strategic policy framework . Information on an enabling environment and training of workers in health care facilities are all found in the above mentioned World Health Organization & Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) guidance.
Recommendations in this document are anticipated to be valid until 2018. At that time UNHCR will review this document and issue its recommendations.