The Clinical Guidelines Program is a longstanding, collaborative effort of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) AIDS Institute (AI), Office of the Medical Director (OMD), and the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases.

Mission: To develop and disseminate practical, evidence-based clinical guidelines that promote quality medical care for people in New York who are living with and/or are at risk of acquiring HIV, HCV, STIs and substance use.

Expert committees: AIDS Institute clinical guidelines are developed by committees of expert New York State clinicians. Committee members collaborate to survey and evaluate peer-reviewed literature, write and assess clinical recommendations, and update existing guidelines or create new guidelines as necessary to ensure that recommendations reflect current best practices. All new and revised guidelines undergo peer and consumer review.

Evidence-based recommendations: Committee members apply their expertise and experience in evaluating factors that determine treatment decisions, including potential benefits and outcomes, risks, and burdens to the patient; patient views, values, and preferences; feasibility and tolerability; and the quality of evidence supporting a treatment recommendation. All recommendations are assigned ratings based on the strength and quality of the supporting evidence.

Audience: AIDS Institute clinical care guidelines are produced and disseminated to clinicians in New York who provide prevention services and medical care to people who are living with or at risk of acquiring HIV, HCV, STIs and substance use.

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