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Updated Guidelines for HIV Care

Updated Guidelines for HIV Care

According to the CDC, nearly 1.2 million Ameri-cans are living with HIV and about 50,000 people in the United States are infected with the virus each year. Studies have estimated that as many as 80% of patients with HIV have their virus under control and live long, full lives. “With HIV continuing to become a manageable but complex chronic disease, HIV specialists and primary care physicians (PCPs) now need to provide the full spectrum of healthcare to these patients,” says Michael A. Horberg, MD, MAS, FACP, FIDSA. “PCPs and other healthcare providers need a better grasp of the impact that HIV care has on routine healthcare.” A Helpful Update In 2009, an expert panel of the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) released evidence-based guidelines for the management of people infected with HIV. Recently, these guidelines were updated to replace the 2009 recommendations and published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Since 2009, new antiretroviral drugs and classes have become available, and the prognosis of people with HIV infection continues to improve. The guideline update also incorporates new information based on publications from 2009 to 2013. “The updated IDSA guidelines are intended for use by healthcare providers who care for HIV-infected patients,” says Dr. Horberg, who was on the expert panel that developed the update. “These new recommendations reflect the fact that people with HIV are now living much more normal life spans. As such, there is a greater need to focus on preventive care, including screening for high cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, and substance abuse, among other health conditions.” Although there are better survival rates,...
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