posted on Jan, 20 2005 @ 06:02 PM
In a major shift in plolicy, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending that people exposed to AIDS be it rapes, accidents, occasional
drug use, or unsafe sex receive drug cocktails to help prevent infection. Perviously this recommendation was for health care workers that had been
stuck with a needle or other exposure. The treatment should start within 72 hours and last 28 days.
ATLANTA - In a major policy shift, the government recommended for the first time Thursday that people exposed to the AIDS virus from rapes, accidents
or occasional drug use or unsafe sex receive drug cocktails that can keep them from becoming infected.
Previously, federal health officials recommended emergency drug treatment only for health-care workers accidentally stuck with a needle, splashed in
the eye with blood, or exposed in some other way on the job. That recommendation was first made in 1996.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its guidelines to rape victims and many others Thursday. It said treatment should start no
more than 72 hours after a person has been exposed to the virus, and the drugs should be used by patients for 28 days.
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This change bring the U.S. more in line with what other countries are doing, most notably Europe. Needlesticks can be scary. My wife was stuck a few
years ago by a careless doctor but it was fortunate that the child was clean. Hepatitis is also a huge concern as well. I'm glad to see this change
however, and we should try to prevent this disease whenever possible.