what to do in case of accidental exposure
Jul 22, 2005
I AM POS FOR THE LAST SIX YEAR && ON ATR FOR LAST THREE YEARS.PL ADVISE IF ATR OR ANY OTHER MEDICINE IS EFFECTIVE IN CASE OF ACCIDENTAL SEXUAL UNPROTECTED EXPOSURE AND WHEN AND HOW IT IS TO STARTED .
Response from Dr. Wohl
There are limited data regarding the prevention of transmission of HIV sexually. However, the available evidence suggests ART started early might be able to interfere with HIV infection. We know from animal data and looking at the post exposure prophylaxis of health care worker data as well as studies to prevent transmission of HIV from mothers to infants that ART can prevent infection.
For sexual transmission prevention, it is likely effective drugs have to be started as soon as possible following exposure. In some places, local emergency rooms are set up to provide post sexual exposure prophylaxis with ART and such prophylaxis is common in cases of sexual assualt.
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