HIV/AIDS

HIV self-testing

The United Nations has set targets to diagnose 90% of all people living with HIV by 2020. Currently, it is estimated that only 70% of people living with HIV know their HIV status. In order to fill the gaps, countries are looking for ways to rapidly increase access to and use of HIV testing services, especially for populations with low service coverage and at higher risk that would otherwise Would not carry out a screening test. One approach is HIV self-testing, which means that the person does the HIV diagnostic test and interprets the results in private. WHO has been working on HIV self-testing since April 2013. In 2016, WHO published the first global recommendations and guidelines for HIV self-testing.

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4040 countries have adopted HIV self-testing policies, while many others are currently developing them.

For more: Guidelines on HIV self-testing and partner notification

30%30% of people with HIV globally have yet to be diagnosed.

For more: Landscape for HIV rapid diagnostic tests for HIV self-testing

90%HIV self-testing can help countries meet the UN target of diagnosing 90 percent of all people with HIV by 2020.

For more: progress report "Prevent HIV, Test and Treat All"

Research projects

  • HIVST.org
    Online center for public health research, documentation and policies regarding HIV self-testing
  • STAR
    HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Project is a four-year initiative to catalyse the market for HIV self-testing