Management of HIV infection and antiretroviral therapy in infants and children : a clinical manual
AbstractWHO/SEARO and UNICEF/ROSA developed these guidelines in recognition of the need for physicians, programme planners, other health care workers and people living with HIV to have one simple, user-friendly reference manual for national adaptation. It covers the diagnosis of HIV infection in infants and children, followed by patient evaluation, prevention and management of opportunistic infections (OIs), pre-enrolment information and counselling process for ART, and ensuring treatment adherence. The guidelines are meant to be complementary to the global WHO guidelines on antiretroviral therapy (ART) of HIV infection in infants and children in resource-limited settings: towards universal access. For further details readers may refer to these. These simplified and standardized guidelines on the appropriate and rational use of ART in resource-limited settings for South and South-East Asia are intended as a resource for: Physicians and other health care providers caring for children with known exposure to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), HIV-infected children and sick children with unknown HIV exposure but suspected to have HIV infection. National AIDS programme managers, maternal and child health programme managers, and other health planners as a reference for developing national guidelines on the management of HIV infection and ART in infants and children; and NGOs and other civil society organizations supporting people living with and affected by HIV. As the field of HIV/AIDS and, in particular, ART is changing rapidly, these guidelines will be updated as and when significant new data emerge.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2006). Management of HIV infection and antiretroviral therapy in infants and children : a clinical manual. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205454