Today, on 30 June 2013 the World Health Organization (WHO) has released its new Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection at the 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention. The Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) has published an accompanying commentary authored by Gottfried Hirnschall, Anthony D Harries, Philippa J Easterbrook, Meg C Doherty and Andrew Ball, who participated in the development of the guidelines.
The commentary, entitled “The next generation of the World Health Organization’s global
antiretroviral guidance”, provides the history of the guideline development and information about the process. The authors highlight the key changes made to the guidelines comparing it to the 2010 version, and summarizing the rationale and supporting evidence for the changes. Importantly, the commentary discusses the implications of the changes including implications for implementation, the global investment requirements and the potentials in reducing the burden of the epidemic and achieving universal access.
The commentary is freely available at the JIAS website here. Share this article with your networks through the JIAS Facebook and Twitter channels.