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Sex, drugs and HIV prevention: a case for PEPSE

Sex, drugs and HIV prevention: a case for PEPSE

Evans, David Thomas ORCID: 0000-0001-6874-3845 (2005) Sex, drugs and HIV prevention: a case for PEPSE. Nursing in Practice, 2005. pp. 54-57. ISSN 1473-9445

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From a sexual health perspective, "EC" refers to emergency (hormonal) contraception, mistakenly called "the morning-after pill" as it can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse (UPSI - another abbreviation!). PEP is a form of EC; it stands for postexposure prophylaxis, a protection, or prophylactic, after a particular exposed event. HIV PEP has "generally" been available to healthcare workers (HCWs) in the UK after potential occupational exposure to the virus, for example through needlestick injuries, since publication of the guidelines by the Department of Health in 2000.(1) However, formal guidelines and procedures are now widening access to HIV PEP following certain genuinely risky sexual exposures (PEPSE) or injecting drug use. This article explores the concept of PEPSE and the urgent necessity for nurses, especially in primary care, to be aware of its uses and availability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sex; Condoms; PEP; PEPSE; Post Exposure Prophylaxis; Sexual Exposure; Injecting Drug Use; HIV prevention
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Health Sciences (HEA)
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2021 21:03

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