Guide for HIV/AIDS clinical care
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Guide for HIV/AIDS clinical care

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      HIV/AIDS clinical care has improved dramatically over the decades, given the availability of new medications and a better understanding of how best to use antiretrovirals and deliver primary care to persons living with HIV/AIDS. Positive change on such a massive scale, however, brings with it new demands on clinicians. Along with innovations in HIV drug therapies, HIV/AIDS care has become more complex than ever before due to increasing comorbidities that are attributable to HIV treatment and the aging of the HIV-infected population in the United States. Patient needs also have expanded across a broad spectrum of medical, psychological, behavioral, and social issues. Notably, significant numbers of infected individuals are identified and enter care late in the course of their HIV disease, confronting clinicians with complex and immediate care challenges. Since the early days of the epidemic, clinicians have received training in HIV/AIDS clinical care through the AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETCs) Program -- the clinical training arm of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program that is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and its HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB). The AETC network trains approximately 150,000 health care providers each year during more than 18,000 training events. The Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care is a pillar of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program's mission to continuously improve HIV/AIDS clinical care. The Guide was first published in 1993 as a collaborative effort of several regional AETCs and was subsequently updated and expanded in 2006. The version before you incorporates many new insights, but the time-tested format has been retained -- easy access to crucial facts for a busy clinician. The developers of the Guide strive to be responsive to how HIV/AIDS clinical care is provided today.

      This manual was developed to provide HIV/AIDS clinicians with ready access to practical, current, treatment information so that they may provide quality care to people living with HIV. Written and edited by expert clinicians who are part of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWP) system, this document reflects the broad clinical expertise within the RWP. Individual chapters are linked to related Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau Performance Measures, and where appropriate, are based on the various Department of Health and Human Services' clinical guidelines panels' recommendations.

      Introduction -- Editors and contributors -- Section 1: The HIV Clinic: Providing Quality Care -- Section 2: Testing and Assessment -- Section 3: Health Care Maintenance and Disease Prevention -- Section 4: HIV Treatment -- Section 5: Common Complaints -- Section 6: Comorbidities, Coinfections and Complications -- Section 7: ARV Interactions and Adverse Events -- Section 8: Neuropsychiatric Disorders -- Section 9: Oral Health -- Section 10: Resources and References.

      This publication was funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau, under contract number HHSH231200533009C with WriteProcess, Inc. and the AETC National Resource Center.

      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Health Resources and Services Administration,
HIV/AIDS Bureau.

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