World AIDS Day 2014: Closing the gap by putting key populations at the heart of the Asia-Pacific response

WHO/C. Doan

MANILA / NEW DELHI, 1 December 2014 – On World AIDS Day, the World Health Organization regional offices for South-East Asia and the Western Pacific are calling on Member States to recognize that in order to achieve the UNAIDS fast-track targets by 2020 with the aim of ending AIDS by 2030, key populations most vulnerable to HIV must be reached urgently.

Promoting HIV testing among men who have sex with men in China, the ‘crowdsourcing’ way

GUANGZHOU, 24 November 2014 – In the lead-up to World AIDS Day on 1 December, we will be posting a series of web stories about China’s progress towards tackling the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Read our first feature story, about an innovative project to promote HIV testing among men who have sex with men.

Early HIV treatment: Tackling HIV among injecting drug users in Viet Nam

WHO Viet Nam/C. Doan

Nguyen Trong Hoa has been injecting heroin for 19 years but in January he finally knew he had to get help. He began methadone therapy to help break his habit and also had an HIV test at an outpatient clinic in Thanh Hoa City on Viet Nam’s north central coast.
Hoa, 36, was worried when he learned that he was HIV-positive. But the clinic that tested him is participating in a pilot study supported by WHO to start HIV-positive drug users on antiretroviral therapy as soon as they are diagnosed – in line with the Organization’s recommendation to give people treatment before HIV weakens their immune system.

New metrics to monitor and evaluate the impact of antiretroviral treatment

Manila, 17 July 2014 - Antiretroviral therapy (ART) prevents both the progression of HIV disease and the transmission of the virus. The more people living with HIV know their status, are linked to care and take ART and do not have detectable HIV the less likely they transmit HIV.
Simple metrics can help policy makers and programme planners to evaluate the prevention benefit of their ART programmes, which can provide useful information to care providers on improving HIV services.

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Antiretroviral therapy (ART)

400 000people were receiving ART in the Western Pacific Region as of December 2013, with 32% (24-40%) ART coverage among people living with HIV (PLHIV)


6 000pregnant women living with HIV had received ARV for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) in 2013, with a coverage of 58% (41-77%) of HIV infected pregnant women in the region.

Paediatric HIV

13 200children below the age of 15 years were on ART in the Region in 2013, with an estimated paediatric ART coverage of 61% (56-67%).

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