UNAIDS&WHO welcome Zambia’s new policy on mandatory HIV testing

The World Health Organization WHO and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS UNAIDS, have commended Zambia for a step to test people on HIV and give universal access to Antiretroviral therapy in line with the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets by 2020.

In a joint statement in Lusaka today, both organisations note that Zambia has adopted the Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services in line with the key principles of Consent, Confidentiality, Counselling, Correct Test Results and connection to HIV prevention, treatment and care.

 

UNAIDS and WHO say this will enable the country achieve the overall goal to ending AIDS by 2030 as a public health threat.

The organisations note that approximately 400,000 Zambians do not know their HIV status
hence the need for  intensive, innovative and effective HIV testing strategies that are in line with WHO and UNAIDS global guidance.

 

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