HIV/AIDS

Call for case examples and good practices of HIV testing services

Overview

30 March 2019 – WHO is updating its “Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services” to incorporate the latest developments in HIV testing.

As part of this update, WHO is seeking examples of good practice in HIV testing among the general population or key population groups across a wide range of settings, testing strategies and service delivery approaches. Relevant case studies will be published within the body of the new guidelines, as well as in the annex.

The meetings of the Guideline Development Group will be held on 28–29 March and 5–7 August 2019, and will focus on reviewing the latest evidence on HIV testing services. The purpose of the meetings is to provide recommendations and guidance on:

  • optimizing newer service delivery approaches, including HIV self-testing, partner services and social network-based testing models;
  • demanding creation and mobilization strategies to increase uptake of HIV testing services and linkage to post HIV-testing services; and
  • increasing efficiency of HIV diagnosis through simplified testing strategies and algorithms.

The case examples that describe HIV testing services programmes should include:

  • service integration and programmatic linkages including HIV and other disease areas, such as sexually transmitted infections, TB, and hepatitis B and/or C;
  • assisted partner notification services and social network-based approaches among key population groups including sex workers;
  • demand creation for HIV testing, as well as linkage to prevention and care;
  • risk-based or symptom screening tools, as well as experiences using indicator condition guided testing; and
  • multiplex testing and its use, particularly HIV/syphilis dual test.

The deadline for submission is 1 May 2019. To submit a case study or ask questions, please email barrdichiaram@who.int.

What are HIV testing services?

HIV testing services include the full range of services that should be provided together with HIV testing:

  • counselling (pre-test information and post-test counselling);
  • linkage to appropriate HIV prevention, treatment and care services, and other clinical and support services; and
  • coordination with laboratory services to support quality assurance and the delivery of correct results.

All HIV testing services should continue to be provided in line with WHO's essential 5 Cs: Consent, Confidentiality, Counselling, Correct test results, and Connection/linkage to prevention, care and treatment.

How will the case studies be used?

Successful case studies of HIV testing services may be included in the upcoming “Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services”, currently planned for release in December 2019. Case examples should not exceed 1–2 pages, including photos.