Scaling up antiretroviral therapy in resource-limited settings

Guidelines for a public health approach

These guidelines have been superseded by later revisions.

30 September 2002

Scaling up antiretroviral therapy in resource-limited settings

ISBN 92 4 154570 4 (English) | ISBN 92 4 254570 8 (French)

Less than a decade ago, someone living with HIV/AIDS had little hope.HIV infection brought a steady inexorable decline towards the complete destruction of the immune system and death. The introduction of ARVs in 1996 was a turning point for hundreds of thousands of people with access to sophisticated health care systems. Although they cannot cure HIV/AIDS, antiretrovirals (ARVs) have dramatically reduced mortality and morbidity, prolonged lives, and improved the quality of life of many people living with HIV/AIDS.

Executive summary

ISBN 92 4 154567 4 (English)

Based on Recommendations of a PAHO Advisory Group (August 2001) and on the WHO Document Expansion of Antiretroviral Treatment in Low-Resource Settings (2002) the following document has been written: Building blocks: guidelines for antiretroviral treatment in adults for Latin American and Caribbean countries which is only available in Spanish.