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Dr. Scott Hammer Authors Two New Guidelines for HIV Treatment

ecognition of the limitations that drug class cross-resistance place on alternate treatment regimens in the setting of treatment failure.

The 16-member IAS-USA panel was appointed based on expertise in HIV research and patient care internationally. More information is available at the IAS-USA Web site (http://www.iasusa.org).

WHO Guidelines for HIV Public Health Response in Developing Nations.

The WHO report, titled "Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV Infection in Adults and Adolescents in Resource-Limited Settings: Towards Universal Access," is an updated tool for public health efforts in the developing world, providing standard-of-care regimens to suppress HIV with ART. The guidelines, now in the third edition, provide a framework for increasing access to drugs and improved diagnostic tools.

"The WHO guidelines advocate for increased global access to drugs and treatment options, such as new drugs with less toxicity and regimens that promote adherence and health," says Dr. Hammer. "The recent and much-welcomed rapid scale-up of ART in resource-limited settings has necessitated a revision of the guidelines to keep them up-to-date."

By the end of 2005, the WHO estimated that there were just over 1.3 million people receiving ART in low-income and middle-income countries, representing 20 percent of the 6.5 million estimated to need it. In the last 25 years, AIDS has grown to pandemic proportions, resulting in 25 million deaths worldwide and an estimated 40 million people living with HIV.

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