The United Nations has set targets to diagnose 90% of all people with HIV by 2020. Currently, it is estimated that only 60% of people with HIV are aware of their infection. To close the gap, countries are seeking ways to rapidly increase access to and uptake of HIV testing services, particularly among populations with the lowest coverage and highest risk, who may not otherwise test. One approach is HIV self-testing (HIVST), where an individual performs a HIV diagnostic test and interprets the result in private. WHO has been working on HIVST since April 2013. In 2016, WHO released the first global guidance recommendation on HIVST, as a supplement to the “Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services”.
2323 countries have adopted HIV self-testing policies, while many others are currently developing them.For more: Guidelines on HIV self-testing and partner notification
40% 40% 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"
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