Clinical Guidelines > Introduction


Since the 1990s, BHIVA has been producing guidelines for the management of HIV which, while primarily intended for the use of UK clinicians, have international influence.

Guidelines are drafted by our writing groups and then placed on the BHIVA website for consultation by all interested parties. Finalised guidelines are published, in the main, in HIV Medicine and are also available on the BHIVA website.

Interim updates are published if new research data mean that recommendations should be changed outside of a full update.

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NICE accreditation

The process used by the British HIV Association to produce its UK national guidelines has been accredited by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Accreditation (obtained in July 2012) is now valid until July 2022 and is retrospectively applicable to guidance produced using the processes described in the BHIVA Guideline Development Manual. All fully updated guidance produced following the accredited process is eligible to bear the accreditation mark.

Guideline development

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Copyright Notice

BHIVA guidelines are published, in the main, in HIV Medicine. Users wishing to download and reproduce this material for purposes other than personal study or education should contact Wiley.
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Non-technical guideline summaries

We produce non-technical summaries, much shorter than the full guideline, for those who prefer these versions to read. These non-technical versions are intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.
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E-Learning modules

The BHIVA E-learning working group develops online modules with questions based on various BHIVA guidelines. These are designed for HIV professionals familiarising with guidelines for continuing professional development (CPD) or those preparing for examinations, such as the Diploma in HIV Medicine. Participants can self-certify 3 CPD points per module.
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HIV Medicine

HIV Medicine is the official journal of the British HIV Association (BHIVA) and the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS), and is published by Wiley. 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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Smartphone App

BHIVA guidelines are also produced in a shortened version of the guideline app. We aim to upload guidelines as soon as possible after they are published. Please ensure that you have the latest version of the app downloaded. It is now available online, free of charge, to all.
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