World TB Day 2017: Leave no one behind. Unite to end TB

HIV-associated tuberculosis increases in Europe

23 March 2017 – Despite declines in new tuberculosis (TB) cases and deaths in the WHO European Region, TB among people living with HIV increased by 40% over the last 5 years. This is according to a new report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, launched ahead of World TB Day 2017.

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WHO Director-General speaks at the 60th Commission on Narcotic Drugs

WHO Director-General speaks at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

13 March 2017 – WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan urged international policymakers and partners at the 60th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria, to ensure that policies be based on the medical and scientific evidence, and not on emotions or ideology. She said "We must never forget that the ultimate objective of drug control policies is to save lives."

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A man takes an HIV self-test.

UNITAID and the Global Fund expert panel approves the first HIV self-testing product

2 March 2017 – Today marks a significant development in responding to the HIV testing gap with the approval of the first product for HIV self-testing (HIVST) by the UNITAID-funded Expedited Review Panel for Diagnostics, hosted by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The approval is particularly timely as many countries are submitting their funding requests to the Global Fund, as well as other donors.

An HIV-positive mother with her HIV-negative baby in Kampala, Uganda.

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.

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People living with HIV

36.7 million There were approximately 36.7 million people living with HIV at the end of 2015.

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People on antiretroviral therapy

18.2 millionAs of mid-2016, 18.2 million people are receiving antiretroviral treatment worldwide.

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Mother-to-child transmission

7 out of 107 out of 10 pregnant women living with HIV received antiretroviral treatment.

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