Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

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The HIV/AIDS Programme contributes to the reduction of the HIV/AIDS burden in the WHO Africa Region through support to member states to adopt and implement cost effective prevention, treatment, care and support interventions.

HIV prevention: offering hope to victims of sexual violenceWhen 25-year old Fatuma was raped just a few doors away from her own home in Khayelitsha, South Africa, she knew exactly what to do afterwards.

“I was in shock and I felt as though my life was ruined forever. But something in me must have wanted to survive because I knew I mustn’t wash and that I had to get to a clinic within 72 hours to get medicines to protect me from HIV. I had heard it on the radio and read the leaflets.

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HIV-AIDS-Strategy-WHO-African-Region-en-smA new WHO Global Health Sector Strategy (GHSS) on HIV/ AIDS was adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2011. This document, which is an update of the regional HIV/AIDS strategy, provides directions for implementing the GHSS in the WHO African Region, taking into account the key regional specificities.

The interventions proposed include scaling up prevention; eliminating new HIV infections in children; and expanding access to HIV testing and treatment.