HIV self-testing

Status of HIV self-testing in national policies

Currently, it is estimated that only 70% of people living with HIV know their HIV status. 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.

Video documentary "In our hands"

December 2017 - "In Our Hands" is a community-led documentary exploring HIV self-testing in Malawi. It is a collaboration between Global Health Film initiative, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), and Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Research Programme (MLW) and WHO, and produced by Millie Harvey.

Video "HIV self-testing Q&A"

Find out more about HIV self-testing - a simple, private way to test for HIV – which is being promoted to reach population groups who have not yet tested for HIV. Cheryl Johnson, HIV Testing Specialist, explains how WHO guidance supports countries to promote self-testing and increase access to HIV services worldwide.


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4141 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: HIV rapid diagnostic tests for 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"