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Clinical Standards

A primary object of the association is the development and promotion of good practice in the treatment of HIV and HIV related diseases. To achieve this BHIVA has produced clinical guidelines on various aspects of the treatment and management of HIV infection and associated co-morbidities and has developed a national audit programme to audit the implementation of the guidelines at HIV treatment centres through out the UK.

To ensure the implementation of good practice and to ensure good clinical outcomes well organised services are essential. HIV has become a complex chronic medical condition and an increasing number of people are living with HIV infection through out the UK. It is essential there is equitable access to high quality HIV treatment and care services for individuals with HIV infection irrespective of where they live in the UK. Thus to  compliment the BHIVA clinical guidelines the association also seeks  to produce focused and auditable standards that address key aspects of the organisation of NHS clinical care for adults with HIV infection.

Standards of care for people living with HIV (2018)

The BHIVA standards of care for people living with HIV were last updated in 2013 (click here for information). BHIVA has been funded by the MAC AIDS Fund to update these standards to include the latest recommendations for HIV care and address the changing UK health and social care arrangements.

Eleven groups and 70 people are currently engaged in reviewing the 2013 standards. We will be consulting on the new content proposed on the basis of this review in November 2017. This will include a half hour session at the BHIVA Autumn Conference (Friday 17th November 2017: 11.40-12.10), an online consultation (details to follow) and the following two meetings in London and Manchester:

London meeting
Date: Monday 6th November 2017
Time: 1-4pm
Venue: Chandler House, UCL, London, WC1N 1PF (

Manchester meeting
Date: Tuesday 7th November 2017
Time: 1-4pm
Venue: Friends' Meeting House, Manchester, M2 5NS (

If you would like to attend one (or both) of these two meetings, please contact Alison Howarth ( to register.

Tea and coffee will be available on arrival and a sandwich lunch for those who would like to order something to eat.

The budget is unfortunately limited and attendees will need to apply for travel expenses at the time of registration, if required.

Many Thanks

Fiona Burns, David Chadwick, Sheila Morris and Ann Sullivan
Joint Leads, BHIVA Standards Steering Group

Shared Care: how can we do it? Findings from the BHIVA Primary Care Project

Shared Care: how can we do it? Findings from the BHIVA Primary Care ProjectThere are around 104,000 people living with HIV in the UK and our clinical outcomes are among the best in the world. Almost half of those accessing care are now over 45 and age-related comorbidities such as hyperlipidaemia and hypertension are common. For those whose HIV condition is well controlled, these comorbidities may have a more significant impact on morbidity and mortality than HIV itself. More than ever, we now need to focus on holistic management of healthcare needs that addresses both HIV-related and non-HIV-related health conditions without losing the successes of HIV care. We believe that this can best be achieved by collaboration between primary and specialist care to provide a person-centred, rather than disease-specific, model of care across the life course. However, there is little evidence on how best we can achieve this.

To address this evidence gap, BHIVA commissioned a one-year programme of work with the overarching aim of informing commissioning and delivery of high-quality healthcare for people living with HIV between primary and specialist care across the life course.

We hope that by describing contemporary care models across the UK, matching them with evidence measuring service quality, and then sharing the successful care model configurations, we will support community-based care for people living with HIV through improved integration of care across both primary and specialist services.

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HIV partner notification for adults: definitions, outcomes and standards 2015

HIV partner notification for adults: definitions, outcomes and standardsHIV partner notification (PN) is a process in which contacts of people with HIV are identified and offered HIV testing. This strategy provides considerable opportunities to reach those at highest risk of HIV and reduce onward transmission through approaches such as post-(PEP) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and well established antenatal interventions. Thus effective HIV PN confers benefit to individual health by facilitating earlier diagnosis and linkage to care, and benefits public health by preventing the spread of infection. Achieving effective HIV PN can be challenging - less than 3% of the 4060 individuals newly diagnosed with HIV in a GUM clinic in 2013 are reported as being identified through PN (1). Around a fifth of new infections are recently acquired (1) and these individuals have high levels of viraemia, conferring much greater risk of transmission. There is therefore a pressing need to develop and maintain robust clinical and public health practice for HIV PN across the UK.

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Standards of care for people living with HIV in 2013

Standards of care for people living with HIV in 2013In 2007 BHIVA, in collaboration with other interested organisations, developed the first set of standards for clinical care for adults with HIV infection in the NHS (BHIVA 2007). In the ensuing 5 years there have been significant changes in the field of HIV as well as in the commissioning and financial environment. Changes to the structure of the NHS mean that people living with HIV may access many different health services and organisations delivering health care.

The 2007 standards have therefore been reviewed and updated to ensure that they appropriately reflect the current health care needs of people with HIV and are relevant to all health services that may provide their care.

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Standards for psychological support for adults living with HIV (2011)

Standards of care for people living with HIV in 2013Despite significant medical advances in HIV treatment, people living with HIV experience significantly higher rates of psychological difficulties than the general population. Psychological support improves both mental and physical health and reduces the risk of HIV transmission. Yet the availability and quality of psychological support for people living with HIV is currently variable.

These standards describe the support that all adults living with HIV should receive, from a wide range of professional groups, peers and informal providers, to enhance their mental health and their cognitive, emotional and behavioural wellbeing.

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