Lesley Swartz, living with HIV at the Katatura State Hospital in Windhoek, Namibia

WHO to launch new guidelines on cryptococcal disease at CROI 2018

28 February 2018 – WHO will launch new guidance on cryptococcal meningitis – a key cause of mortality among people living with advanced HIV disease. WHO will hold a symposium on "Tackling advanced HIV disease: evidence for action" at the CROI conference at 09.00–11.30, Sheraton Boston Hotel - Back Bay Ballroom A, on 4 March.

WHO/James Oatway
Global partners call for new strategies to end HIV among key populations - 12–13 February 2018 - New Delhi, India

Global partners call for new strategies to end HIV among key populations

22 February 2018 – More than 60 experts from global, regional and national organizations discussed new ways to address HIV among key populations at a high-level leadership meeting on 12–13 February 2018 in New Delhi, India. Experts agreed on the need to highlight the related activities of key populations as a priority of the regional response to HIV. They also affirmed the need to reenergize the response at the local level, keeping community organizations at the centre.

A community health worker performs an HIV test in the Than Hoa Provincial AIDS centre, Viet Nam

WHO to develop app for HIV testing guidelines

25 January 2018 – The Department of HIV is developing a new smartphone and tablet app for its guidelines on HIV testing services (HTS) and related information. To gain an insight into user preferences regarding content, design, features and resources for the app, WHO is conducting a short survey. This web-based survey will take only 10–15 minutes to complete. It will be active for two weeks until 7 February 2018. By participating, you will help WHO design an app that best serves users of the HTS guidelines, including yourself.

Transgender women talking to each other

Transgender people and HIV

January 2018 - The World Health Organization's recommendations for HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care among transgender people are now available in Armenian, Belarussian and Georgian in addition to English. The technical brief focuses on the specific health needs of this key population and provides essential information and existing WHO recommendations.

CoE for Transgender Health, UCSF
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.

WHO/J. Kisambu, 2017
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.


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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.

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