WHO Works Toward Better HIV, Hepatitis Testing

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for scaling up testing and treatment for viral hepatitis, warning that the disease could kill more people than malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV combined by 2040, if current infection trends continue.

Similarly, the global health body called for the expanded use of HIV self-testing (HIVST), to offer HIVST for initiation, continuation and re-starting pre-exposure prophylaxis and to promote testing through sexual and social networks to increase testing coverage and strengthen uptake of HIV prevention and treatment services for the general population in high-burden settings and in populations and regions with the greatest gaps in testing coverage.

José Manuel, a MSF lab technician, conducts tests to check patient's viral load (file photo).

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