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WHO launches person-centred HIV monitoring guidelines

20 June 2017 – WHO releases new consolidated guidelines on person-centred HIV patient monitoring and case surveillance. The guidelines promote a new approach, focusing HIV data around the person who needs care, rather than separate service areas such as testing, treatment and retention services. They aim to help countries build chronic health-care data in order to provide HIV and health services over a person’s lifetime, delivering the full benefits of person-centred care while also tackling security and confidentiality issues around data.

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Alert, but not alarmed

20 June 2017 – In a letter to the editor of the Journal of the International AIDS Society, WHO clarified its response to a recent article published by the Journal regarding the interpretation of their data on WHO prequalified HIV testing kits. WHO explains its position on the limited data discussed in the journal article with the purpose of providing clearer information to the national programmes.

Unitaid Board supports integrated approach to fighting leading causes of HIV deaths

WHO commends UNITAID for new investment in advanced HIV disease, hepatitis

13 June 2017 - The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes UNITAID’s announcement of new investment in more integrated care to improve the health of people living with HIV, hepatitis and human papillomavirus (HPV). The UNITAID Board announced that the organization has expanded its investments to fund projects to increase treatment access for people with advanced HIV disease, coinfected with viral hepatitis, or cervical cancer.


New WHO essential medicines' list includes treatments for HIV and hepatitis

9 June 2017 - WHO released updated essential medicines list for 2017. The list advises countries on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances, with the aim of fighting antimicrobial resistance. The list also included new medicines to treat all six types of hepatitis C infection, improved HIV treatment, and pre-exposure prophylaxis with tenofovir alone, or in combination with emtricitabine or lamivudine, to prevent HIV infection.

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Ministers and partners review progress of “Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free”

24 May 2017 – Ministers from 10 countries and representatives from partner organizations gathered at a ministerial progress review meeting for the “Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free”, or “3 frees”, framework, co-chaired by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). WHO has been a strong partner and the lead normative agency in the “3 frees” framework.

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WHO Director-General hails progress in HIV and hepatitis

9 May 2017 –WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan has highlighted dramatic transformations in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and rapid visibility gained in the emerging response to viral hepatitis, in her final report Ten years in public health 2007–2017. In chapter HIV: from devastating epidemic to manageable chronic disease, Dr Chan underlines how the HIV response changed the face of public health in profound ways, opening up new ways to deal with numerous other health problems. She shows particular pride in WHO's contributions to the global progress on HIV: “A look at these achievements yields one of the best examples of how WHO’s standard-setting work and direct support to countries translates into lives saved and suffering averted.”

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri J.P. Nadda launches Test and Treat policy.

India adopts policy to treat all people living with HIV

4 May 2017 – The World Health Organization has welcomed the announcement by the Government of India to launch a "Test and Treat Policy for HIV". To implement the "Test and Treat Policy for HIV", the country commits to intensify its efforts to find all people infected with HIV. "Out of an estimated 2.1 million people living with HIV in India, only 1.4 million are aware of their infection,” said Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri J.P. Nadda at the launch. “To detect the remaining people, we have revised our national HIV testing guidelines. We aim to reach out to people in the community and test them where they are, with proper counselling and consent, of course ".


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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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Transgender women are around 49 times more likely to be living with HIV than other adults of reproductive age with an estimated worldwide HIV prevalence of 19%. Learn more about HIV and transgender people from our comprehensive website.


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