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:
- 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.