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Service outcome of antiretroviral Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) for occupational HIV exposure among health care personnel
Retrovirologyvolume 7, Article number: P75 (2010)
This study aims to assessment of the outcome of Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Service at Centre of Excellence (CoE), ART Centre, B. J. Medical College, Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India among Health Care Personnel (HCP).
Potentially exposed to infectious materials HCPs of the institute were studied. Exposed HCP were enrolled and followed up as per Management of Occupational Exposure including PEP for HIV by National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) India guidelines.
Total of 43 exposed HCP (18 male and 25 female with male to female ratio 0.72: 1) during October 2008 to October 2009 were studied, Table 1.
Those tested for HIV were all Non -- Reactive; shows the effectiveness of PEP services. We are finding obstacles on follow up tracking like "I am much aware about the risk, stigma of HIV Positivity, negligence for follow up and confidentiality issues at the workplace etc." that prevent the HCP for PEP and increase the risk of transmission. Practice and regular sensitization with UPW has increased the awareness among HCP for reducing HIV infection risk and transmission and prevention through PEP.