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New California Law Could Increase Access to Post-Exposure Prophylaxis HIV Medication
November 4, 2003
A new California law (AB 879) requiring the state Department of Health Services to form a task force aimed at creating treatment guidelines for inadvertent sexual or needle exposure to HIV could help increase access to post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, medication, the Sacramento Bee reports (Sanders, Sacramento Bee, 11/2). California Gov. Gray Davis (D) last month signed the measure, which was introduced by California Assembly member Paul Koretz (D) (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 10/14). The law requires the department's Office of AIDS to convene a task force to develop guidelines for the use of PEP in the general population. The law also establishes requirements for task force meetings and membership, saying that the task force should be made up of no more than 10 members, including physicians, people living with HIV/AIDS, HIV service providers, drug makers and representatives from the Office of AIDS (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 3/11). The state currently has PEP guidelines only for health care workers and sexual assault survivors who are exposed to the virus. Researchers have found that people who may have been exposed to HIV can avoid infection if they take a regimen of antiretroviral drugs within 72 hours of exposure and continue a course of treatment for several weeks (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 10/14). Although doctors are not barred from prescribing PEP for use in the general public, many physicians "know little or nothing about it," according to the Bee.
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