Wednesday
November 30
2016

UN health agency issues new guidelines on HIV self-testing

Ahead of World AIDS Day, marked annually on 1 December, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines on HIV self-testing, which aim to help millions of people know their HIV status and get treatment.

“Millions of people with HIV are still missing out on life-saving treatment, which can also prevent HIV transmission to others,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan in a news release.

“HIV self-testing should open the door for many more people to know their HIV status and find out how to get treatment and access prevention services,” she added.

According to a WHO progress report, lack of an HIV diagnosis is a major obstacle to implementing the Organization’s recommendation that everyone with HIV should be offered antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Source: UN News Centre (link opens in a new window)

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global health, health care, healthcare technology, HIV/AIDS