New ART patients

Export Indicator

Number of people living with HIV who initiated ART
What it measures

This indicator measures the expansion of ART programmes.

  • Monitoring trends in new ART patients provides managers with important information for forecasting the need for ARV and allocation of staff to ensure quality of care for ART.
  • Initiation of ART is one of the sentinel events for case surveillance.

Number of people living with HIV who initiated ART in accordance with national treatment guidelines during the reporting period

Method of measurement

Programme records (for example, ART register)

The recommended reporting period is 12 months.

  • Gender (male, female, transgender)
  • Age (0-4, 5-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50+)
  • Key populations (men who have sex with men, people living in prisons and other closed settings, people who inject drugs, sex workers, transgender people)
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women, serodiscordant partner, other specific priority population.


Further information

WHO Strategic Information Guidelines, 2020 (

Related Indicators

TX_NEW, PEPFAR, MER 2.0 (Version 2.4), September 2019, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting (

1.2 People living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy, Global AIDS Monitoring 2020: Indicators for monitoring the 2016 Political Declaration on Ending AIDS (