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HIV and Hepatitis Update - December 2018

Director's message - As 2018 is coming to a close, I would like to thank you, on behalf of WHO’s dedicated HIV and Hepatitis team, for your continued support, your inspiration, and the active collaboration during this year.

Best wishes for a healthy and happy new year 2019!

Huguette and her two children, Yaounde, Cameroon

A new push for timely diagnosis and treatment of children with HIV

7 December 2018 – The World Health Organization and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, together with global partner organizations, issued a strong call today to accelerate children’s access to effective HIV diagnostics and medicines and to end paediatric AIDS. Despite progress in the global HIV response, more than 110 000 children die each year from AIDS-related causes and over 15 000 children are newly infected with HIV every month. In 2017, only 51% of HIV-exposed infants received an early infant diagnosis test within the first two months of life.

WHO /A Kari
30th anniversary of World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day 2018

On 1 December 2018, WHO joined global partners to commemorate World AIDS Day under the theme “Know your status”. This was also an occasion to celebrate the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day (WAD30) – a pioneering global health campaign first initiated by WHO in 1988. WHO Regional Offices created additional region specific messages and materials under the global theme.

HIV self-testing kit

ILO and WHO promote workplace HIV self-testing

30 November 2018 – A new policy brief to encourage HIV self-testing at the workplace is being launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). HIV self-testing at workplaces gives workers more choices, and may be particularly effective in reaching seasonal, migrant, and other groups of workers who do not have easy access to other forms of HIV testing.

WHO/E. Gauss
Staff of Ministry of Health, Brazil observing 30th anniversary of the country’s HIV response on 27 November 2018

Brazil highlights treatment for all people with HIV

30 November 2018 – Ahead of World AIDS Day 2018, the Government of Brazil has announced the largest drop in AIDS-related deaths in the country, as a result of Brazil’s policy for greater access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care. A report by the Brazilian Ministry of Health shows that between 2014 and 2017, HIV deaths reduced by 16.5% thanks to the implementation of the country’s “treat all” policy, expanded HIV testing, and faster linkages between testing and treatment services.

Ministry of Health of Brazil
Viet Nam is increasing access to PrEP for HIV prevention and sexual health.

WHO commends Viet Nam for increasing access to PrEP for HIV prevention and sexual health

30 November 2018 – On the eve of World AIDS Day 2018, the Government of Viet Nam launched a national rollout of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), in collaboration with its partners. The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the decision by Viet Nam’s Ministry of Health to offer PrEP to people at substantial risk of HIV. The move is hoped to accelerate the country’s progress in reducing new HIV infections. Viet Nam’s HIV epidemic is concentrated primarily in key populations including men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs, transgender women, and female sex workers.

WHO HTS Dashboards

WHO launches HTS dashboards

30 November 2018 – On the eve of World AIDS Day 2018 focused on “Know your status” and scale up of HIV testing services (HTS), WHO launches a new interactive data visualization tool “WHO HTS Dashboards”. This interactive tool provides an overview of latest available data from countries to track progress towards achieving the first 90 target, a part of UN 90-90-90 targets. HTS Dashboards include mapping of current services and policy indicators for HIV testing services in specific countries to guide them in strategic planning and rollout of HTS.

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