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Guidelines on Self-Testing and Partner Notification: Supplement to Consolidated Guidelines on HIV Testing Services

Corporate author: 
WHO
Publication details: 
Geneva, WHO, 2016
Abstract:

This document presents new WHO recommendations and guidance on: 1. HIV self-testing 2. Partner notification.
These new guidelines aim to:
• Support the implementation and scale-up of ethical, effective, acceptable and evidence based approaches to HIVST and assisted HIV partner notification.
• Support the routine offer of voluntary assisted HIV partner notification services as part of a public health approach to delivering HTS.
• Provide guidance on how HIVST and assisted HIV partner notification services could be
integrated into both community-based and facility-based HTS approaches and be
tailored to specific population groups.
• Support the introduction of HIVST as a formal HTS intervention using quality-assured
products that are approved by WHO and official local and international bodies.
• Position HIVST and assisted HIV partner notification services as HTS approaches that
will contribute to closing the testing gap and achieving the UN’s 90–90–90 and 2030
global goals.

These new guidelines include issues related to offering HIVST and assisted HIV partner
notification services to the following population groups:
• general populations
• pregnant and postpartum women
• couples and partners
• adolescents (10–19 years old) and young people (15–24 years old)
• key populations
• vulnerable populations.