The Standards are designed to provide a reference point against which to benchmark the quality of HIV care in the context of the changing needs of patients and the current financial pressures. They provide information to support top quality care and to inform commissioning decisions to meet the growing need for more efficient and cost-effective services. These Standards update earlier versions published in 2007 and 2013.
The new Standards are evidence based, and have been developed in partnership with care providers, professional associations, commissioners and people living with HIV. They cover the range of care needed from testing and diagnosis to the end of life, taking a holistic view of an integrated approach embracing overall health and well-being, as well as clinical care.
There are eight quality Standards, covering the care that any adult living with HIV in the UK should expect to receive. Each one presents a rationale, quality statements and measurable and auditable outcomes. Three new sections have been introduced looking at HIV prevention, stigma and well-being, and HIV across the life course.
Following the recent launch of the 2018 BHIVA Standards of Care for People living with HIV, it became apparent that the use of the word ‘negligible’ was not being interpreted as it was intended in the original Consensus Statement where it indicated that there is no risk of transmission under the conditions described. For clarity, we have replaced the term ‘negligible’ with more accessible phrases to convey this important public health message and have included the full statement in Appendix 2 for ease of reference. We hope this clarification has made the Standards more accessible and useful to all stakeholders.
Please use the links below to download a list of all feedback received during the consultation process, separated by standard.