The Italian Society of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (SIMIT) of the Technical Health Committee, Ministry of Health (Sections L and M) of Italy have supported recommendations for the Italian guidelines for the use of antiretroviral agents and the diagnostic-clinical management of HIV-1 infected persons. This publication summarizes the latest updates to the 2016 version of the Italian Guidelines for the management of HIV-1 infected patients and the use of antiretroviral drugs. In particular, new recommendations were released concerning the following topics: estimate of the HIV continuum of care in Italy, optimal timing and preferred drug combinations for starting antiretroviral therapy, treatment optimization, and pre-exposure prophilaxis (PrEP). For a complete review of clinical and therapeutic relevant topics we refer the reader to the extended version of the Guidelines
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