2012 Botswana National HIV & AIDS Treatment Guidelines
Submitted by SHARE Administrator on 18 June 2012
The 2012 edition of Botswana National HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines introduces a new level of optimized care for those infected with HIV.
' HIV prevention is the key to financial sustainability efforts and therefore utilizing ART most efficiently is critical'
With expanded access to ART for adults and children at higher CD4 counts, more HIV positive individuals will be provided with life sustaining treatment and benefit from earlier ART initiation. Improvements in the delivery of PMTCT with the transition to Triple ART Prophylaxis, will also go far to ensure that 2016 indeed becomes the beginning of an AIDS free generation. Improvements in the selection and convenience of ART regimens for adults and children will further improve treatment outcomes. The inclusion of two new chapters – one focusing on Pediatrics and another on Cancer and HIV – enable clinicians to address the special needs of these populations. Expansion of the TB/HIV chapter also reflects the progress of TB and HIV clinical integration. Most importantly, these clinical improvements will not only impact health on an individual level, but also within the community, as greater access to ART will serve as a central component of our combination prevention strategy. HIV prevention is the key to financial sustainability efforts and therefore utilizing ART most efficiently is critical. Improving upon the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services will likewise benefit families as pregnancies are well planned and welcomed.
It is our patients’ wellbeing that matters most. We sincerely hope that these 2012 revisions go a long way to improve the lives and clinical outcomes of those who require our care and support.
Related countries: Botswana
Related themes: Monitoring, evaluation and research, Policy and governance, Treatment