Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics



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Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Following Possible Sexual Transmission: An Ethical Evaluation


MICHAEL A.  GISONDI a1
a1 Stanford University–Kaiser Permanente Residency Program in Emergency Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, California

Abstract

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) in the form of combination drug therapy is now recommended for healthcare workers following occupational HIV exposure. The expansion of this form of preventive medicine to include other types of HIV transmission, notably through sexual activity, raises a number of ethical concerns.



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