DHHS updates guidelines for treating HIV/AIDS

by Hennepin Healthcare

Nationally recognized HCMC physician on DHHS advisory panel

The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents (A working group of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health) has updated its recommendations for treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Keith Henry

HCMC’s Keith Henry, MD is a nationally recognized leader in HIV research and a member of the DHHS Guidelines Panel. “Two key elements of the updated guidelines are a recommendation to treat all HIV-infected persons and the benefit of treatment for preventing transmission of the disease,” explains Dr. Henry. “The Positive Care Center of HCMC endorses the new DHHS HIV Treatment Guidelines and is very engaged in the development and evaluation of numerous promising new drugs to treat HIV, including several new, one-pill-a-day treatment options.”

The recommendations include encouraging persons at risk for HIV infection to get tested for HIV, and those who have never been treated are encouraged to discuss treatment with their physicians. Never treated and/or newly diagnosed HIV positive persons interested in HIV treatment research are encouraged to call HCMC at 612-873-7678 for details about how they may be eligible for treatment provided at no cost or minimal cost to patients.

Click on the link below to see a complete list of the DHHS recommendations:
New HIV Guidelines March 2012

The Positive Care Center at HCMC is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team committed to providing quality, comprehensive health and psychosocial services to those infected with HIV. The program provides education, serves as a community and family resource, and contributes to the advancement of HIV-related knowledge. For more information or to schedule an appointment at the Positive Care Center call 612-873-2700.