WHO to update antiretroviral treatment guidelines

1 SEPTEMBER 2005 ¦ WHO conducted a series of consultations to review and update its guidelines on antiretroviral treatment. Current guidelines were developed in 2003-2004, and are widely used providing guidance on treatment scale up in developing countries.

Recent consultations gathered key experts in the field and three summary reports were produced on antiretroviral treatment in adults and adolescents, children and prevention of mother-to-child transmission.

The summary reports do not contain finalized recommendations but present major points to be further developed into the updated guidelines. Several expert groups will be working on more detailed recommendations in the next phase of development, and finalized new editions of the WHO ART guidelines are expected to be released in early 2006.

For more information you may contact Dr Marco Vitoria, HIV/AIDS department of WHO.

Summary reports:

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