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Updated Treatment Guidelines Address Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women

February 22, 2002

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!

In 1996, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Kaiser Family Foundation convened a panel on "Clinical Practices for the Treatment of HIV" to develop guidelines for the clinical management of HIV-infected adults, adolescents and pregnant women. There are separate HIV antiviral treatment guidelines, one on treating adults and adolescents and a second on treating pregnant women, have been updated, incorporating the ever-evolving learning about how to more effectively treat HIV disease with combination antiretroviral therapies. Among the major changes in each are the following:

Adult/Adolescent Guidelines

  • New text on initiating therapy in patients with asymptomatic HIV infection;
  • An expanded section on adverse reactions to HAART; and
  • A new section on prevention counseling for patients with HIV infection.
Pregnant Women
  • New information on combination antiretroviral therapy and pregnancy outcome; and
  • A revision in "Antiretroviral Drug Resistance and Resistance Testing in Pregnancy."

To refer to the current updates on the web site version of the Guidelines, please contact: http://hivatis.org/trtgdlns.html.


A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!



  
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This article was provided by Seattle Treatment Education Project. It is a part of the publication STEP Ezine.
 
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