WHO regional technical consultation on the use of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs)

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Participants at the regional technical consultation in Istanbul, Turkey.

On 29-31 October 2013, WHO/Europe organized a regional technical consultation in Istanbul, Turkey on the dissemination of the new "Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection". The guidelines were published by WHO in July 2013 and expand the eligibility criteria for antiretroviral treatment.

The consultation brought together over 75 participants, including national counterparts (managers of National HIV/AIDS programmes and national clinical experts in HIV/AIDS treatment and care), civil society organizations involved in provision of services for people living with HIV/AIDS as well as partner organizations UNAIDS, UNICEF, the Global Fund and CDC. National representatives came from 12 Eastern European and central Asian Member States: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

During the consultation the consolidated guidelines and their implications for the Eastern European and central Asian Member States were discussed. Member States developed national plans for implementation of the guidelines and indicated their need for support from WHO. Plans will be further discussed on national levels over the coming period.

The full version of the consolidated guidelines as well as a summary of key features and recommendations are available in the English language at the links below. The full version will be available in the Russian language shortly. The summary of key features and recommendations is also available in the Russian language.