New Recommendations for Qualifications to Treat HIV Infection

May 9, 2013

(AUDIO) The HIV Medicine Association has released a document that identifies the key characteristics of a medical provider qualified to manage the long-term care of patients infected with HIV. Here the chair of the organization describes the qualifications and tells why they are important.

The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), an organization of medical professionals who specialize in the treatment of HIV-positive patients, has released a document outlining the requirements a clinician should fulfill in order to be fully informed and qualified to manage this rapidly changing condition.

In this brief podcast, Dr. Michael Horberg, current chair of HIVMA, describes the basics of the criteria, why they were needed, and how they are likely to be used.

Key quotes:

"There are large numbers of HIV-infected Americans who are not diagnosed, or if they are diagnosed are not routed to effective care or retained in care. Of course you need all of those things to produceeffective HIV care results."

"HIV, unlike other diseases, is a constantly evolving field with new medications, new treatment techniques, new comorbidities and new illnesses to worry about."

New Recommendations for Qualifications to Treat HIV Infection

Reference:

Identifying Providers Qualified to Manage the Longitudinal Treatment of Patients with HIV Infection and Resources to Support Quality HIV Care
HIV Medicine Association, March 2013