2. Guiding principles
Consolidated ARV guidelines, June 2013
2.2 Public health approach
In accordance with WHO guidance on HIV since 2002, these guidelines are based on a public health approach to scaling up the use of ARV drugs for HIV treatment and prevention (5). The public health approach seeks to ensure the widest possible access to high-quality services at the population level, based on simplified and standardized approaches, and to strike a balance between implementing the best-proven standard of care and what is feasible on a large scale in resource-limited settings.