UNAIDS/WHO policy statement on HIV testing

4 July 2004

HIV testing policy

The cornerstones of HIV testing scale-up must include improved protection from stigma and discrimination as well as assured access to integrated prevention, treatment and care services. The conditions under which people undergo HIV testing must be anchored in a human rights approach which protects their human rights and pays due respect to ethical principles. Young people require special attention to their needs through the provision of confidential youth friendly health services. Public health strategies and human rights promotion are mutually reinforcing.