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Antiretroviral Therapy; Implementing The Test & Start Approach.


About This Course

Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) is a critical tool in the global drive to attain the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goal which seeks to achieve global HIV epidemic control by 2030. Antiretroviral drugs are used to suppress the HIV virus, slow down the progression of the disease, and prevent transmission of the virus.

In 2016, the Federal Ministry of Health through the National AIDS and STI Control Programme updated their consolidated guidelines in line with the 2016 WHO guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs in the fight against HIV. It recommends that ART should be initiated for all patients living with HIV regardless of WHO clinical stage and CD4 cell count.

This course will provide guidance to health workers and equip them with the skills required to deliver a comprehensive package of high quality HIV prevention, treatment, and care interventions that cater to the needs of persons living with HIV and individuals at risk of acquiring the HIV infection.

What you'll learn

• Overview of ART

• Recommendations for initiating ART

• Classes and actions of ARV drugs

• Basics of adherence counseling

• ART Pharmacovigilance

• Prevention of HIV transmission from Mother to child (PMTCT)

• Identifying and managing HIV Treatment failure

• Components of HIV care, support and referrals

• Models of HIV service delivery

• Prevention of HIV infection

• Opportunistic infections and other Co-infections.


MBBS, Bsc Nursing, RN

Course Staff

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Rashidat Mamudu

Senior Technical Officer, Referrals(SIDHAS) FHI 360, Abuja, Nigeria.

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Boniface Nwoye

Senior Technical Officer, Referrals(SIDHAS),FHI 360, Abuja, Nigeria

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Nwakaego Ibekwe

Technical Officer, PMTCT(SIDHAS), FHI 360, Abuja, Nigeria.

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Adegbenga Olarinoye

Associate Director, Care and Treatment(SIDHAS),FHI 360, Abuja, Nigeria