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April 2005, Volume 35 Number 4 , p 30 - 30



© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(4)             April 2005             p 30 CDC urges wider use of HIV drugs [DRUG NEWS: POSTEXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS]

A new guideline from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends prophylactic treatment with antiretroviral drugs for anyone exposed to HIV. Drug therapy should begin within 72 hours of exposure to the virus and last for 28 days.

The new policy, called nonoccupational postexposure prophylaxis (NPEP), aims to prevent HIV infection in those exposed to the virus from rape, accidents, or occasional unsafe sex or drug use. Previously, the CDC recommended the treatment only for health care workers exposed to HIV on the job.

The CDC doesn't recommend NPEP for people whose behavior results in frequent, recurrent HIV exposure (such as habitual drug users who share needles) because they would benefit more from ...

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