Paucis Verbis: Post-exposure prophylaxis (non-occupational)

Apr 01, 11
Paucis Verbis: Post-exposure prophylaxis (non-occupational)

HIV post exposure prophylaxis

You know how chief complaints present to the ED in multiples? In one week, I had several cases where patients were asking for post-exposure prophylaxis treatment NOT in the content of a sexual assault. I haven’t had to manage such cases in a long time and so needed to look up the recent guidelines from the CDC.1

The trick is not to forget about all the co-existing problems and infections beyond just HIV. Specifically, don’t forget about gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas.

PV Card: Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for Non-Occupational Contact

Adapted from [2]
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  1. STD Treatment. Centers for Disease Control.
  2. Landovitz RJ, Currier JS. Postexposure Prophylaxis for HIV Infection. New England Journal of Medicine. 2009;361(18):1768-1775. doi: 10.1056/nejmcp0904189

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Michelle Lin, MD

ALiEM Founder and CEO
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

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