n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - The issue : from the editor

Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



Antiretroviral (ARV) therapies are again featured in this issue of the Journal. The Guidelines for the use of ARV therapy in paediatric practice, formulated by the paediatric subcommittee under the leadership of Dr Leon Levin, are highlighted. These guidelines are different from those that have appeared elsewhere and are unique to our setting. The Guidelines were circulated to a panel of international reviewers and their views were incorporated into the document. These Guidelines are a companion to the Adult Guidelines that appeared in the July launch issue of the Journal. It may be argued that in both instances there has been a focus on options that are not available to the vast majority of the HIV infected people in our country. This may be so, but we would argue that it is important for our clinicians to be well informed with regard to the difficulties and complexities inherent in the use of these drugs. We are witnessing an increasing use of these therapies in the private sector as more health care funders are providing benefits to HIV-infected individuals, so it behoves all of us to keep abreast of developments in this dynamic field of medicine.

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