The critical first step in achieving the 90-90-90 targets proposed by UNAIDS is ensuring that 90% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status by 2020. This is an ambitious goal, as currently only half of people living with HIV know their status. In order to address this deficit, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new HIV testing guidelines at the 2015 International AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Rachel Baggeley of WHO unpacked the guidelines and highlighted the need-to-know specifics.
Dr. Rachel Baggaley currently coordinates HIV prevention and HIV testing work for the World Health Organization (WHO), based in Geneva. She has over 25 years of experience working on HIV programmes and policy in all regions and in a range of clinical and community settings. She leads the HIV testing work for WHO, including the development of new policy and guidance on HIV testing for couples and partners, adolescents, and key populations; community-based testing approaches and self-testing; and, most recently, the WHO consolidated HIV testing service guidelines. She also recently led the development of new WHO guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment for key populations and overseas WHO’s prevention work including on medical male circumcision and PrEP.