29 April 2015 – WHO and partners are establishing the first global validation committee of advisors for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and syphilis. Individuals and organizations interested in the EMTCT efforts are welcome to access information on nominations to this committee and express their views on the candidates by 13 May 2015. After the consultative process, the global validation committee will convene for the first time in June 2015 to approve progress made in countries aiming to achieve EMTCT targets.
Call for more research and greater efforts to prevent and control the spread of herpes simplex virus
21 January 2015 - New WHO-led global estimates for herpes simplex virus type 2, published by PLOS ONE, show that over 400 million people worldwide were infected with the virus in 2012. The estimates underline the extent to which herpes simplex virus type 2 – the virus which causes genital herpes – is widespread throughout the world, causing a significant global burden of disease.
Screening for syphilis accurately requires quality laboratory services. The WHO/CDC Syphilis Serology Proficiency Programme (WHO/CDC SLPP) was established several years ago in order to assess the performance and reliability of laboratory testing, in particular for low- and middle-income countries.