n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Pre-ART Guidelines : Amended November 2004

Volume 2004, Issue 17
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



As southern Africa has finite medical resources and the public sector roll-out of antiretrovirals (ARVs) is in its infancy, it is incumbent on medical practitioners to attempt to preserve the immune status of the patient for as long as possible so as to delay the initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART). These guidelines attempt to address the factors which are important in the holistic approach to patient management and which could also influence the progression and outcome of disease, including: <ul> <li> natural history of HIV infection</li> <li> primary prophylaxis and immunisations</li> <li> nutrition</li> <li> support and counselling.</li> </ul>

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