Health workers access to anti-HIV medication low despite risk - report

An HIV/Aids screening test during a past World Aids Day. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • A survey shows that despite the risk of exposure, “access and adherence to post-exposure prophylaxis (to prevent HIV infection) was suboptimal amongst the health workers.”
  • One recommendation to stymie the spread of the disease, is that all babies born by an HIV mother will be tested at birth to ensure the child is not infected and if they are, put on treatment immediately.
  • Another is that people who are HIV-negative but are at “constant risk” of the virus can now take antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) to prevent HIV infection.

Healthcare workers are at high risk of contracting HIV and other blood-borne infections but do not access medication to prevent infections in good time or use them as required, a study says.

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