Comparing national HIV-testing strategies

The increasing availability of antiretroviral therapy has transformed HIV infection into a manageable chronic condition for millions of people worldwide,enabling them to live longer and healthier lives. Levels of HIV incidence have been stagnating in many countries and a substantial proportion of new infections occur during the acute and early infection of the partner. New and improved testing approaches are essential in order to reach millions of people with an undiagnosed HIV infection to ensure they receive the treatment and care they need and to protect their partners and contacts. UNAIDS estimates that only 54% of the 36.9 million people worldwide living with HIV are aware of their serostatus. Therefore considerable efforts have been made to expand HIV testing services to achieve earlier diagnosis and treatment for the individual and to prevent the spread of the infection to those at risk, which is the essential basis for reaching the United Nations “90-90-90” targets. The aim of this study, which we have conducted for the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, is to provide information about the current HIV / AIDS epidemiology, present international declarations and strategies as well as the most relevant international and national guidelines on HIV-testing. Furthermore, this study is focusing on national HIV-testing policies and strategies from 7 European countries. Find out more here

Germany’s contribution to global health

4 years after the adoption of Germany’s first global health strategy, an expansion of Germany’s role in global health is being observed and praised. Despite being a “latecomer” in this field, a lot of achievements have been made over the past few years. The German Government’s multilateral approach and its efforts to strengthen the global health architecture in general are highly appreciated, as are the efforts for WHO in particular. However, Germany still has a long way to go. We argue that global health requires a multidisciplinary, transnational approach that considers and cross-links the social, environmental, political, commercial, and other determinants of health. Find our full correspondence here

Hochmut kommt vor dem Verfall der Menschenrechte

UN-Sonderberichterstatter Philip Alston vergleicht die Lage der Menschenrechte in den USA, Ghana und China. Aus seinem überraschenden Perspektivwechsel kann man auch in Deutschland neue Lehre ziehen.

Von Ole Döring, habilitierter Philosoph und Sinologe. Döring lehrt und forscht an der Freien Universität Berlin und der Polytechnischen Universität Hongkong. 

Wie steht es um die Menschheit? Es kommt darauf an wonach man fragt.
Waschmaschine und Penicillin sind großartig. Also geht es uns besser als früher. Jedenfalls denen, die an diese Errungenschaften kommen. Deutschland hat in sieben Jahrzehnten Frieden, Wohlstand und Sicherheit von Bilderbuchvoraussetzungen eines demokratischen Gemeinwesens profitiert. Nicht nur auf Kosten anderer und auch nicht ohne guten Willen. Der unaufgeregte Ernst der jungen Generationen macht Hoffnung. Wenn die Alten sie denn machen lassen. Aber weder sind wir Europa noch die Welt. Reisen bildet…

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