2017 Season's greetings from WHO HIV and Hepatitis Department

Season's greetings from WHO HIV and Hepatitis Department

December 2017 - This past year has witnessed a number of important milestones. None would have been possible without the inspiration, trust and support provided by our partners – A BIG THANK YOU on behalf of the WHO team.

Prisoners waiting to be attended to at Mbarara Prison HIV Clinic, Uganda

Focus on HIV in prisons vital to end AIDS

13 December 2017 – Globally, more than 11 million people were incarcerated in prisons in 2016. Over-represented among this population are the people most vulnerable to HIV, including people who use drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, and others who are most marginalized in communities. Prisoners are disproportionately affected by HIV, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and mental health issues. Despite this fact, comprehensive health services are rarely available within prisons.

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World AIDS Day 2017

World AIDS Day 2017: Everybody counts

28 November 2017 – On World AIDS Day 2017, WHO is advocating for access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines, including medicines, diagnostics and other health commodities as well as health care services for all people in need, while also ensuring that they are protected against financial risks.

WHO at ICASA 2017

International conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa

December 2017 – The 19th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa is taking place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from 4-9 December 2017. This year’s ICASA is an opportunity for the international community, and all Africans, to join efforts in committing to achieving an AIDS-free Africa.

Cayman Island - Elimination of the mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis (EMTCT) May 2017

Six Caribbean islands eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

1 December 2017 (PAHO/WHO) - Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and St. Kitts and Nevis today received a certificate from the World Health Organization (WHO) that validates their elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.

Smiling children writing on a paper and looking into the camera.

Global partners commit to speed up access to treatment for children with HIV

30 November – Ahead of World AIDS Day, global partner organizations convened a high-level discussion in the Vatican City on ways to accelerate early diagnosis and treatment for children and adolescents living with HIV. There are around 2.1 million children living with HIV, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Less than half of them had access to HIV treatment in 2016. Many children are being treated with sub-optimal regimens due to a lack of appropriate formulations designed for children.

Transwoman Alessandra Ramos at a PrEP users demo project in Brazil.

Brazil begins PrEP roll-out on World AIDS Day

1 December 2017 – Brazil’s Ministry of Health will start provision of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention in key higher-risk population groups through 35 sites across the country, beginning on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2017. “PrEP will help to keep Brazil and our region in line with the world’s most advanced global responses to HIV – and we feel confident that it will have a positive impact on reducing new infections,” said Dr Adele Benzaken, Director of the Department of STI, HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis within Brazil’s Ministry of Health.


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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 2016.

For more: Data and statistics

People on antiretroviral therapy

20.9 million20.9 million people living with HIV were receiving ART by mid-2017.

For more: HIV/AIDS fact sheet

Mother-to-child transmission

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

For more: Data and statistics

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