National Programme for HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections (NPHS)
The NPHS follows on from 25 years of successful prevention work. For the first time, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are being included in addition to HIV. The principal aim is to reduce the number of new infections with HIV and other STIs and to avoid consequences with an adverse effect on health. On September 6th 2017, the Federal Council prolonged the programme for 4 years from 2018 to 2021.
Advances in the field of HIV now mean that people with the infection who are being treated and have an undetectable viral load do not transmit the virus and have a life expectancy equal to that of those who are HIV negative.
Transmitted diseases do not stop at national borders. Efforts against HIV and other STIs must have an international dimension. Migration, international mobility and networking call for global measures.