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About BHIVA
BHIVA has become the leading UK professional association representing professionals in HIV care. Founded in 1995, it is a well-established organisation which is committed to providing excellence in the care of those living with and affected by HIV. It acts as a national advisory body to professions and other organisations on all aspects of HIV care. BHIVA also provides a national platform for HIV care and contributes representatives for international, national and local committees dealing with HIV care. In addition, BHIVA works to promote undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education within HIV care.
 

Conferences
BHIVA holds two conferences each year; the annual conference is held in the spring, traditionally in April and the BHIVA autumn conference is held in October in London. The annual conference venue rotates each year to try and give all members across the UK the best opportunity to attend. The CPD-registered conferences attract a broad spectrum of participants from experienced HIV specialists to those still in training and encourages UK research to be presented, as well as inviting eminent international speakers to present state of the art data.
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National audit and clinical standards
To set achievable targets and indicators of care, the BHIVA Audit and Standards Subcommittee conducts an annual audit programme, involving over a 100 clinical centres through out the UK. The programme audits clinical practice against BHIVA guidelines and makes recommendations for improvement.
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Clinical guidelines
To help promote and monitor high standards of care, BHIVA publishes a range of clinical guidelines covering the treatment and management of HIV infection and associated co-morbidities including antiretroviral therapy in adults, management of pregnancy, treatment and management of viral hepatitis B and C and Tb co-infection,  management of HIV associated malignancy and opportunistic infections, immunisation and the reproductive and sexual health of HIV infected persons. Guidelines are reviewed and updated on a regular basis and new guidelines produced.
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Education and research
BHIVA undertakes a range of activities to promote medical education in HIV care which include conference feedback meetings, training courses for the diploma in HIV medicine and web based e-learning modules. BHIVA supports research in HIV care through its annual research awards scheme. HIV Medicine is the official journal of the association, and is published by Blackwell Publishing. HIV Medicine is a peer-reviewed journal publishing original articles, reviews and guidelines on all aspects of HIV treatment and diagnosis.
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Committees
The BHIVA Executive Committee oversees the work of the association, which is run by the four subcommittees on Audit and Standards, Conferences, Education and Scientific and Guidelines.
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Membership
The current membership of the association is over 1,000 across a wide range of healthcare professionals and other HIV healthcare workers. Membership benefits include subscription to the key journal HIV Medicine, BHIVA Newsletter, BHIVA National Audit Report and BHIVA Treatment Guidelines.
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BHIVA is affiliated with the Children’s HIV Association of UK and Ireland (CHIVA), Dieticians in HIV and AIDS (DHIVA), the HIV Pharmacy Association (HIVPA) and the National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA). BHIVA has developed important links with other relevant organisations, encouraging exchange of information between national and international centres, such as the International AIDS Society (IAS), the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) and the Medical Research Council (MRC). 
 

Objects of the Association

  • To relieve sickness and to protect and preserve health through the development and promotion of good practice in the treatment of HIV and HIV-related illnesses, and in such other charitable ways as BHIVA, through its Executive Committee, may from time to time decide
  • To advance public education in the subjects of HIV and the symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention of HIV-related illnesses through the promotion of research and the dissemination of the useful results of such research, and in such other charitable ways as BHIVA, through its Executive Committee, may from time to time decide

Powers of the Association

In furtherance of the above objects BHIVA shall have the following powers:

  • To raise funds; but in such a way that the Association does not undertake any substantial, permanent trading activity.
  • To disseminate the results of research through scientific meetings and through the official publications of BHIVA.
  • To act as a national advisory body to professions and other organisations on all aspects of HIV care.
  • To provide a national platform for HIV care.
  • To provide representatives for international, national and local committees dealing with HIV care.
  • To promote undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education within HIV care.
  • To promote and monitor high standards of care through advisory groups and the development and distribution of guidelines.
  • To set achievable targets and indicators of care against which success can be measured through national audit and other governance measures.
  • To publish and promote material related to the aims and objectives of BHIVA.
  • To do all such other things as shall further the objects of the Association.