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.
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.
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.
Cambodia, 2 June 2014 -WHO in the Western Pacific Region is supporting countries to conduct comprehensive reviews of their HIV/AIDS programmes. Countries that conduct a review gain an immediate snapshot of their progress in fighting the epidemic, while also seeing clearly where improvements can be made.
- Promoting HIV testing among men who have sex with men in China, the ‘crowdsourcing’ way
- Early HIV treatment: Tackling HIV among injecting drug users in Viet Nam
- New metrics to monitor and evaluate the impact of antiretroviral treatment
- Joint review of the Cambodian national health sector response to HIV