Treatment guidelines

Many national and international organisations produce guidelines for how to manage and treat HIV and related complications.

Most guidelines outline best practice and minimum standards of care developed from evidence-based medicine, but newly emerging issues are also dependent on expert opinion and interpretation of research that is sometimes conflicting.

Guidelines can also become out of date, so please always note the date any document was produced and how frequently it is updated.

The treatmentguideline.com site has a good range of international HIV guidelines.

UK guidelines by BHIVA

The British HIV Association (BHIVA) produce the following published current national guidelines.

All publications are available from the BHIVA site as free access.

BHIVA also publish position statements on aspects of HIV.

The BHIVA website includes a sections for archive guidelines.

UK guidelines by other organisations

European guidelines (EACS)

The European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) produces guidelines on five aspects of HIV management.

  • Routine assessment and monitoring
  • ARV treatment
  • Management of complications both from HIV and side effects from ARVs
  • Co-infection with HBV and/or HCV
  • Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

The October 2020 guidelines (version 10.1) are published as a single booklet PDF file.

The full guidelines are also online, including important resources and tables that were not included in the print version.

Translations are available, including in French, Greek, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

PENTA guidelines

The Paediatric Network for Treatment of AIDS (PENTA-ID) produce guidelines for antitretrovial treatment in children.

US guidelines (DHHS)

The US National Institute for Health (NIH) Department of Health and Human Sciences (DHHS) produce the following national guidelines for HIV. Regular updates (at least twice a year) and changes to previous versions are very helpfully highlighted.

World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines

The WHO produces over 40 guidelines on different aspects of HIV treatment, testing and care.

The most recent guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations was in July 2016.