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Issue No. 45 | October 14, 2011

News and Features

Updated HHS Adult and Adolescent Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines Focus on Options for Initial Therapy

Revisions to the Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents focus on additions and changes to recommendations for initial therapy for the antiretroviral (ARV)-naive patient. Key changes to the What to Start recommendations include the following:

  • Addition of the recently approved ARV rilpivirine as an alternative option for treatment-naive patients
  • Reclassification of several regimens—for example from “alternative regimen” to “acceptable regimen”
  • Removal of some protease inhibitor (PI) and dual-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI) options for initial therapy

Tables in the guidelines were also updated to reflect changes to the What to Start recommendations.

For a complete preview of key updates to the guidelines, please see What’s New in the Guidelines?

To view or download the guidelines, go to the Adult Guidelines section of AIDSinfo. (A separate PDF file of all tables in the guidelines can also be downloaded from the page.) Or go to the AIDSinfo Order Publications page to request the guidelines via e-mail or United States Postal Service (USPS) mail.

Your Feedback Is Important

The Adult and Adolescent HIV Guidelines Panel welcomes feedback on the latest revisions to the adult and adolescent treatment guidelines. Please send your comments with the subject line “Adult and Adolescent Guidelines Comments” to by October 28, 2011.

Join AIDSinfo in Observing National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), a day that serves to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS in the Hispanic/Latino community. According to the 2009 surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of people newly diagnosed with HIV infection in the 40 states with confidential name-based reporting, 18% were Hispanic/Latino. However Hispanics/Latinos represented only 13% of the total population in the same geographic area. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is committed to addressing this disparity in the Hispanic/Latino community.

AIDSinfo has developed a page highlighting this awareness day with information and resources about HIV/AIDS and the Hispanic/Latino community.

More information is available: