Acceptance of HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis According to Occupation in the Hospital Setting

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The Internet Journal of Infectious Diseases


Exposure to HIV in the hospital setting is a major concern for health care workers (HCWs). As of June, 2001, 57 HCWs in the United States have acquired HIV through occupational exposure with greater than 100 suspected infections [1,2,3]. Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is recommended after occupational exposure to HIV and routine protocols are established in most hospitals [ 4,5]. We retrospectively investigated both acceptance and compliance of PEP among all hospital employees exposed to blood and body fluids in a U.S. community teaching hospital (the Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon, Georgia) over a two-year period.