HIV self-test is key to fighting AIDS, says WHO

Longezo, from Malawi, taking his HIV medication. Photo: UNICEF/Schermbrucker

Encouraging people to test themselves for HIV could be a game-changer in the fight to rid the world of AIDS, UN health experts have said.

Ahead of World AIDS day on Thursday 1 December, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that while more than 18 million people with HIV are getting life-saving treatment, a similar number are missing out.

The agency wants self-testing to be available all around the world as a way of reaching key at-risk populations who face barriers to treatment, as WHO's Dr Gottfried Hirnschall told Daniel Johnson.

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