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close this bookNational Guidelines for the Clinical Management of HIV/AIDS - Tanzania (NACP; 2005; 131 pages)
View the documentLIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
View the documentACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
View the documentFOREWORD
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 2: ORGANIZATION OF HIV/AIDS CARE AND TREATMENT
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 3: HIV/AIDS PREVENTION
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 4: PROTECTIVE MEASURES AGAINST HIV TRANSMISSION
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 5: LABORATORY TESTS IN HIV/AIDS
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 6: HIV/AIDS AND PREGNANCY
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 7: PEDIATRIC HIV/AIDS AND RELATED CONDITIONS
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 8: COMMUNITY AND HOME BASED CARE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS (PLHA)
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 9: COUNSELLING RELATED TO HIV-TESTING AND TREATMENT ADHERENCE
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 10: MANAGEMENT OF COMMON SYMPTOMS AND OPPORTUNISTIC INFECTIONS IN HIV/AIDS
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 11: MANAGEMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS IN HIV/AIDS
close this folderCHAPTER 12: MANAGEMENT OF HIV INFECTED PATIENTS USING ANTIRETROVIRAL DRUGS
View the document12.1 Introduction
Open this folder and view contents12.2 Types of Antiretroviral drugs
Open this folder and view contents12.3 Treatment using ARV drugs in adults and adolescents
Open this folder and view contents12.4 Recommended ARV drugs in Tanzania
Open this folder and view contents12.5 Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy
Open this folder and view contents12.6 Changing of Antiretroviral Therapy
View the document12.7 Second-Line ARV Regimen
close this folder12.8 Monitoring Patients on ARV Therapy.
View the document12.8.1 Clinical and laboratory monitoring of patients on first line drug regimen
Open this folder and view contents12.9 Laboratory Monitoring of patients on second line drugs
Open this folder and view contents12.10 Treatment failure with second line regimen
View the document12.11 Contraindications (relative) for initiation of ART
View the document12.12 Discontinuation of ART
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 13: ARV THERAPY IN INFANTS AND CHILDREN
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 14: USE OF ARVS IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 15: HIV/AIDS AND NUTRITION
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 16: MANAGEMENT OF ANTIRETROVIRAL MEDICINES
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 17: CERTIFICATION OF HEALTHCARE FACILITIES AS CARE AND TREATMENT SITES
 

12.8 Monitoring Patients on ARV Therapy.

In Tanzania, CD4+ T-lymphocyte count is the gold standard method used to determine the time for initiation and change of therapy. Each patient should have a baseline CD4+ T-lymphocyte count (and viral load where possible) done before initiating treatment. CD4+ T-lymphocyte count should then be repeated at least every 6 months. Treatment will in most cases be associated with weight gain and reduced morbidity from opportunistic infections and improvement in the quality of life. Appearance or persisting opportunistic infections, or lack of weight gain, may indicate treatment failure and so the need to consider changing regimens.

Treatment is to be considered successful if the viral load decreases by 1 to 2 logs (10 to 100 folds) from the baseline level. However in most cases, CD4+ will be used instead of viral load thus a rise in CD4+ T-lymphocyte count will indicate success.

Treatment failure on the other hand is indicated by a viral load increase of 0.3 to 0.5 logs or a 30% fall in CD4+ T-lymphocyte count.

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