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CDC recommends immediate HIV drugs after exposure

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:274
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    New guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call for antiretroviral drugs to be given to people who may have been exposed to HIV through sexual intercourse, injection of drugs, or injury. They recommend treatment with highly active antiretrovirals beginning within 72 hours of exposure and continuing for 28 days (MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (Recommendations and Reports) 2005;54(RR02):1-20).

    The guidelines say that antiretroviral drugs reduced the rate of transmission of HIV after exposure to the virus in animal studies, in trials looking at prevention of perinatal transmission, in studies of health workers who received prophylactic treatment after exposure at work, and in observational studies.

    They say that there is an early window of opportunity to interrupt …

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