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.
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.