Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy for Adults

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Course description

Course Name
Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) for Adults
Main Learning Objectives
  • Understand the three major parameters for defining prognosis and priorities for ART;
  • Learn the goals of ART;
  • Understand the various classes of antiretrovirals (ARVs) and standard recommendations for their use, including the critical role of adherence;
  • Know the side effects and toxicities of ART;
  • Understand the issues and rationale for standardized ARV regimens in accordance with national and WHO protocols;
  • Understand factors that influence adherence;
  • Apply acquired knowledge in practical settings.
Key Topics Basics of HIV infection; main ARV drugs; treatment planning; access to ART; patient counseling; adherence to ART and various factors affecting adherence; strategies to improve adherence; indications for ART according to WHO protocols for European Region (2006); main regimen; special considerations; referrals and the need for other specialized care and/or services; post-exposure prophylaxis; case studies; and clinical sessions.
Basis of Curriculum, Key Teaching Documents and Materials provided
  • WHO HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care Protocols for European Region (2006);
  • Relevant national protocols and policies;
  • 2007 Medical Management of HIV Infection (John Bartlett and Joel Gallant);
  • HIV Medicine 2005 (Hoffmann-Rockstroh-Kamps)
  • Comprehensive set of course slides and handouts.

*All materials available printed or electronically in Russian and English

Teaching Methods Presentations, small group discussions, role play, case study, bed-side training.
Target Audience ART care teams (infectious disease physician, nurse, social worker/ART aid). Maximum class size: 18-24 participants.
Faculty Multidisciplinary, international, and national.
Duration 5-day didactical/clinical course at a training facility affiliated with the site of clinical excellence.