Scaling up voluntary HIV testing and counselling
BANGKOK, Thailand, 21 November 2013—United Nations entities, civil society networks and development partners in Asia and the Pacific are joining to urge for a rapid increase of voluntary confidential community-based HIV testing and counseling for key populations including men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and people who use drugs— in the region, to help ensure more people in need are able to access life-saving antiretroviral treatment.
Achieving universal access targets for HIV and STI
Programme managers and officers responsible for HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STI) in their countries, have recommended ways forward for achieving universal access targets for HIV and STI, including prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and congenital syphilis. These recommendations include improving the continuum of care cascade of HIV, TB/HIV and maternal and child health/PMTCT services, extending HIV testing by communities and strengthening the strategic information systems.
Monitoring HIV care and antiretroviral therapy
This workshop brought together participants from countries and partner organizations to discuss patient monitoring guides, tools and recent developments. Country participants also shared progress and challenges of their own patient monitoring systems. The regional framework on monitoring of HIV care and antiretroviral therapy to improve the quality of services and programmes in the Western Pacific Region was introduced and participants of the workshop worked together to analyse and improve core and additional indicators to monitor the HIV services cascade.
310,000people were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the Western Pacific Region as of December 2012, an eighteen times increase from the 17 000 observed in 2004. Coverage of ART across the Region reached 53% [35%–91%] of the estimated number of people eligible for ART.Global update on HIV treatment 2013