28 July 2014 - "Hepatitis, think again"

28 July 2014 - WHO and partners celebrate World Hepatitis Day on 28 July 2014, under the theme "Hepatitis, think again". The campaign aims to increase awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis that causes over 1.4 million deaths every year, yet remains largely ignored or unknown. WHO is urging all policymakers, health workers and the public to engage in events that will help to break the silence on this serious public health problem.

Global HIV response achieves substantial progress in 2013

Executive Summary of the Global Update on the Health Sector Response to HIV, 2014
WHO/Sylvie Bouchard

19 July 2014 - WHO releases a new Global update on the health sector response to HIV at the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia. The massive expansion of HIV interventions globally is transforming both the HIV epidemic and the broader public health landscape. But unevenness persists in progress rates for some HIV services such as treatment for children and key populations at risk. Without universal health coverage to ensure services for all people in need in particular as the world shifts to a post-2015 landscape, the HIV response may remain an unfinished agenda.

WHO releases the first consolidated guidelines for key populations to HIV

11 July – Key populations such as men who have sex with men, people in prisons, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people, are most at risk of HIV yet are least likely to access HIV prevention, testing and treatment services. In many countries they are left out of national HIV plans, and discriminatory laws and policies are major barriers to access. WHO issues new recommendations for countries on health services and policy changes to turn the situation around. Close to 13 million people received ARVs in developing countries as of end 2013 but new infections particularly among such key populations are driving further spread of HIV.

20th International AIDS Conference: "Stepping up the pace"

XX International AIDS Conference: Stepping up the pace

25 June 2014 - The International AIDS Conference is taking place in Melbourne, Australia, under the theme of "Stepping up the Pace", on 20-25 July 2014. The conference is a premier gathering of the global community working for and engaging in the HIV response. The WHO HIV Department will be launching a new guidance on key populations along with a latest progress report including end-of-2013 data on HIV treatment and other health sector interventions. We will also be organizing satellites, workshops and displaying posters on our priority work areas such as: use of antiretrovirals, elimination of mother-to-child transmission, tuberculosis, hepatitis, HIV testing and diagnostics and pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis.

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11.7 million At the end of 2013, 11.7 million people had access to antiretroviral therapy in low- and middle-income countries.

Fact sheet on HIV/AIDS

35 millionAt the end of 2013, 35 million people were living with HIV.

Online Q&A about HIV/AIDS

28 million Over 28 million people are eligible for antiretroviral therapy, under WHO 2013 consolidated ARV guidelines.

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