WHO/Europe releases revised clinical protocols on HIV treatment and care and management of hepatitis B and HIV co-infection

Ensuring universal access to treatment and care for people living with HIV and to comprehensively address their health problems, including preventing and treating co-infections and co-morbidities are main objectives of the European Action Plan for HIV/AIDS 2012-2015.

In 2010, in response to new and important evidence on approaches to treatment and care of HIV infection, the World Health Organization issued new global recommendations on antiretroviral therapy for adults and adolescents, infants and children and HIV-infected pregnant women. While global WHO recommendations cover key global issues; regional and country adaptation is needed to reflect the regional context, infrastructure and health care system capacities. Consequently, the WHO Regional Office for Europe had initiated the revision of its 2007 clinical protocols on HIV/AIDS treatment and care.

Four clinical protocols have been revised:

These are now available in both English and Russian languages.

It is planned to release one more protocol in 2012: 

  • Protocol 4: Management of Tuberculosis and HIV Coinfectionю

The revised European protocols are the cornerstone of the strategic WHO Europe contribution to universal access to treatment and care - one of the six priority areas of the European Action Plan for HIV/AIDS 2012-2015. They should serve as a basis for adaptation of national HIV/AIDS treatment guidelines. Reflecting the diverse implementation capacity of the countries in the WHO European Region, the revised protocols contain preferable, alternative and acceptable options. This approach allows countries to choose appropriate recommendations depending on available national resources.

WHO highly appreciates participation of all partners who contributed to the development of the protocols.