Update: New BHIVA guidelines were published in 2015, and these summaries have been removed from our website as a result. You can find the latest guidelines on the BHIVA website: www.bhiva.org
NAM has worked with the British HIV Association
(BHIVA) to produce eight easy-to-read summaries of the most
recent BHIVA guidelines,
covering HIV treatment for adults, and HIV treatment for women during
You can read them
online or download them as PDFs.
High standards of care
Since the beginning of
the HIV epidemic, the outlook for people living with HIV has improved in leaps
and bounds. People diagnosed in good time, who receive the right treatment and
care, can now expect to live a normal life expectancy. The introduction of effective combination treatment in the mid-1990s
brought about immediate falls in rates of HIV-related illness and death. Since
then, there have been continued, major improvements in HIV treatments available.
In the UK, this hugely improved prognosis is in large
part due to the high standards of HIV treatment and care delivered in HIV
clinics across the country. As the leading UK professional association representing
professionals in HIV care, BHIVA has played the key role in setting and monitoring standards for many
BHIVA develops and promotes national guidelines that set out best clinical practice for treating and managing HIV in
adults. The guidelines are aimed primarily at healthcare workers directly
involved with the care of people with HIV – chiefly doctors and nurses, but
they are also used by pharmacists, dietitians, social workers and other
specialists. In addition, the guidelines are important tools for community
advocates promoting the best interests and care of people living with HIV.
Summaries for patients
In producing the guidelines,
BHIVA aims to ensure that people with HIV receive the best possible care
wherever they are in the UK.
BHIVA was aware that many people living with HIV take an active interest in the
care they receive and would like to know more about what the guidelines demand
of clinicians and other staff.
So NAM was delighted
to be commissioned by BHIVA to produce easy-to-read summaries of the two
most recently produced sets of BHIVA guidelines, covering HIV treatment for adults, and HIV
treatment for women during pregnancy.
The summaries include:
- Starting treatment
- Starting treatment when you
have another health condition
- Changing treatment
- HIV treatment for pregnant
- Antenatal and postnatal care
We hope you will find
the summaries an effective way to see, quickly and easily, key recommendations
and good practice suggestions, whether you are starting HIV treatment for the
first time, changing treatment, or having to consider HIV treatment alongside
another health condition, such as hepatitis, cancer or kidney disease. The
summaries of the treatment-in-pregnancy guidelines, as well as covering HIV
treatment, set out standards for antenatal and postnatal care and
recommendations around childbirth and feeding your baby.
You can also find out
more about the way BHIVA produces its
ensure that the guidelines are based on the best-available scientific and
medical knowledge, as well as on good practice gathered from around the
country. The processes BHIVA uses have been accredited
by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE),
recognition of their quality. An important part of the process is the
involvement of people living with HIV – you can find out more about taking part
yourself on the UKCAB website.
We’re very grateful to BHIVA for funding
these new resources, and to the clinicians and people living with HIV who
reviewed them for us. We hope you find them interesting and useful.