What is the HIV/AIDS prevention, care, support and treatment continuum?

October 14, 2011 4:04 PM GMT+7

The HIV/AIDS prevention, care, support and treatment continuum regards HIV/AIDS as a chronic disease requiring treatment throughout life experiences from several countries have demonstrated that a continuum of prevention, care and treatment from hospital to home is the optimum for those affected.
WHO South-East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) is promoting a patient-centred approach through a continuum of prevention, care, support and treatment by decentralization of services, which includes an adequate referral and collaborative care network from hospital to the community and home.

Management of opportunistic infections and antiretroviral treatment cannot be seen in isolation. HIV-infected patients, including those with active tuberculosis, should benefit from additional care needs, including clinical and nursing care in particular for the prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections, ongoing psychosocial support and counselling, financial and employment support, assistance for housing and living in enabling environment, legal assistance, and care and support for orphans as promoted by WHO SEARO.