WHO launches early-release guideline to expand HIV treatment and prevention

30 SEPTEMBER 2015 – Anyone infected with HIV should begin antiretroviral treatment as soon after diagnosis as possible, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday. With its "treat-all" recommendation, WHO removes all limitations on eligibility for antiretroviral therapy (ART) among people living with HIV; all populations and age groups are now eligible for treatment. WHO now also recommends that people at "substantial" risk of HIV should be offered preventive antiretroviral treatment.

With PrEP from San Francisco

Youth group participating in the #PleasePrEPme campaign to promote a public directory of PrEP services in California.
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30 September 2015 – WHO is releasing a new recommendation on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis as part of the early release "Guideline on when to start antiretroviral therapy and on pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV" published today. A new photo story "With PrEP from San Francisco" is also prepared illustrating the experience of PrEP scale up services. People who are championing, delivering, or benefiting from PrEP share their views on how this HIV service is helping to change the face of AIDS in this city once considered as the epi-centre of global epidemic.

Ending violence and discrimination against LGBTI

29 September 2015 – Recognising that violence and discrimination present a significant barrier to health and health services, including for HIV and other STIs, this joint inter-agency statement calls on governments, parliaments, judiciaries, national human rights institutions, community, religious, political leaders, workers’ organizations, the private sector, health providers, civil society organizations and the media to stand up to discrimination in all its forms, in line with the mandate of the UN. The statement calls for specific measures to be taken to protect individuals against discrimination and violence and for an end to discriminatory laws in line with international human rights standards.

Country experiences of implementing "treat-all" policies

23 September 2015 – New WHO programmatic update summarizes experiences of some early-innovator countries implementing "treat-all" approaches. The publication reviews experiences of Brazil, Rwanda, Thailand, Viet Nam and Uganda implementing earlier HIV treatment policies as part of a national policy or pilot programmes. These first experiences demonstrate that 'treat-all' policies can be implemented at scale among diverse populations; but long-term follow up and innovative service delivery approaches will be necessary to ensure sustainable response to the evolving needs of national programmes.

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14.9 millionAt the end of 2014, 14.9 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy worldwide.

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

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