WHO to consult people with HIV on treatment guidelines

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People living with HIV are to be consulted on the development of new World Health Organization treatment guidelines for low- and middle-income settings, due to be released in November.

The consultation process will begin with a meeting hosted by the Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) and the Treatment Action Campaign on Monday at the Fifth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention and Cape Town, and will be followed by an online consultation.

People living with HIV are invited to participate in this meeting, during which the following questions will be discussed:

Glossary

middle income countries

The World Bank classifies countries according to their income: low, lower-middle, upper-middle and high. There are around 50 lower-middle income countries (mostly in Africa and Asia) and around 60 upper-middle income countries (in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean).

pathogenesis

The origin and step-by-step development of disease.

low income countries

The World Bank classifies countries according to their income: low, lower-middle, upper-middle and high. While the majority of the approximately 30 countries that are ranked as low income are in sub-Saharan Africa, many African countries including Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia are in the middle-income brackets. 

  • How should the cost of care be weighed versus equity of access?
  • How do people with HIV feel about decisions being made about earlier treatment and its potential role as prevention?
  • What choices would we make in difficult clinical situations where there isn't enough evidence?
  • What options for anti-HIV care do we think should be available for everyone in the public health system? Upon what basis do we make these recommendations? What options do we want? For what options are we willing to pay extra? Is our own choice really evidence based?

The meeting, which is open to all people living with HIV, will take place in the White Room at the IAS Secretariat (ground floor next to session room 1) at Cape Town International Convention Centre.