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About BHIVA

BHIVA is the leading UK association representing professionals in HIV care. Since 1995, we have been committed to providing excellent care for people living with and affected by HIV. BHIVA is a national advisory body on all aspects of HIV care and we provide a national platform for HIV care issues. Our representatives contribute to international, national and local committees dealing with HIV care. In addition, we promote undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education within HIV care.
 

Committees
Our Executive Committee oversees the work of the association, which is run by six subcommittees on Conferences; Audit and Standards; Education and Scientific; External Relations and Communications; Guidelines; and Hepatitis.
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Conferences
BHIVA holds two conferences each year, our annual conference is held in the spring, and the BHIVA autumn conference is held in London. The venue for our annual conference rotates each year to try and give all members across the UK the best opportunity to attend. We actively encourage the presentation of UK research and abstracts are invited for the annual conference, which aims to showcase the finest contemporary research into HIV-related topics currently being undertaken in the UK. Both conferences are CPD-registered, and attract a broad spectrum of participants from experienced HIV specialists to those still in training, as well as inviting eminent international speakers to present state of the art data.
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National audit and clinical standards
The BHIVA Audit and Standards Subcommittee conducts an annual audit programme in order to set achievable targets and indicators of care. This involves more than 100 clinical centres throughout 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. These cover 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 people with HIV. 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 includes conference feedback meetings, training courses for the Diploma in HIV Medicine examination, web-based e-learning modules, international scholarships and exchanges and links with international organisations to increase the understanding of the treatment and management of HIV. 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 Wiley-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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External relations
BHIVA works continually to maintain a high profile for HIV medical and care issues in the media. Our Chair, Executive Committee and other members are regularly quoted in news and feature articles about HIV, where we strive to provide the highest level of clinical expertise to current debates. In addition, our External Relations and Communications Subcommittee is increasingly working to push forward the media agenda on HIV, with a number of proactive media campaigns each year.
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Hepatitis
The BHIVA Hepatitis Society Subcommittee promotes good clinical practice in the treatment and management of HIV-positive people co-infected with viral hepatitis and acts as a policy advisory group to BHIVA in relation to the clinical care of these patients. An annual conference is held in London and the subcommittee also provides expertise on guidelines relating to hepatitis.
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Membership
More than 1,000 members currently enjoy the benefits of BHIVA membership, which include: access to the BHIVA members’ area on the website, free subscription to the key journal HIV Medicine and the BHIVA Members Matters e-Newsletter and access to BHIVA Research Awards and other scholarships and bursaries.
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Notes on affiliation
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 HIV Trainees Club (HIVTC), the National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA), and the Rehabilitation in HIV Association (RHIVA). 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.