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Eur J Pediatr. 2000 Sep;159(9):649-56.

Current evidence for the use of paediatric antiretroviral therapy--a PENTA analysis. Paediatric European Network for the Treatment of AIDS Steering Committee.

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Paediatric Infectious Diseases Unit, St. George's Hospital, London, UK. m.sharland@sghms.ac.uk

Abstract

The introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy has been associated with a dramatic clinical improvement in children with human immunodeficiency virus infection. However, the uptake of antiretroviral therapy has been variable across Europe. The Paediatric European Network for the Treatment of AIDS Steering Committee has performed a systematic literature review of paediatric antiretroviral therapy trials. An analysis of the evidence base for the commencement and maintenance of antiretroviral therapy was produced. Suggestions for when to commence antiretroviral therapy, which drugs to start with and how to monitor and sequence drug regimens are given.

CONCLUSION:

The aim of these guidelines is to help in obtaining equity of access to a uniformly high standard of care for children with human immunodeficiency virus infection in all European countries.

PMID:
11014462
DOI:
10.1007/pl00008400
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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