Antiretroviral Guidelines

US DHHS Guidelines with Australian commentary

Introduction to the Australian Commentary

Australian process for reviewing US Guidelines

In February 2005, the Australian Health Minister’s Advisory Committee on HIV and STI endorsed the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1 Infected Adults and Adolescents and requested that the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) facilitate the production of a regularly updated commentary on those Guidelines relevant to Australia. The US DHHS has agreed to this adoption and adaptation process. The ASHM Sub-Committee for Guidance on HIV Management provides the commentary and reviews the guidelines on a regular basis. It is the intention of the sub-committee to review the guidelines after every major revision of the US DHHS guidelines, as well as more frequently in the event that a particular issue comes to the notice of the panel which requires more immediate action (such as the contraindication of prescription of a certain drug in a particular condition).

The comments added to this document are clearly marked within a green box and labelled AU Comment. For example:

AU Comment

The ASHM Sub-Committee for Guidance on HIV Management reviews all feedback but does not provide specific responses to feedback contributors, or other correspondents, concerning the content of the Australian commentary.