Scientific article

World Health Organization Guidelines on Postexposure Prophylaxis for HIV : Recommendations for a Public Health Approach

ContributorsFord, Nathan; Mayer, Kenneth H; World Health Organization Postexposure Prophylaxis Guideline Development Group
CollaboratorsCalmy, Alexandraorcid
Published inClinical infectious diseases, vol. 60, no. Suppl. 3, p. S161-S164
Publication date2015-06-01

The 2014 World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) developed recommendations for PEP irrespective of exposure source in recognition of the need to simplify eligibility assessment and prescribing practices. Traditionally, separate PEP guidelines have been developed according to exposure type, with difference guidelines for occupational exposure, nonoccupational exposure, and sexual assault. Recognizing the need to improve uptake and completion rates for PEP, the WHO 2014 guideline does not differentiate between exposure sources, but rather provides recommendations across all exposures. Recommendations for simplifying prescribing approaches and supporting adherence are also provided. In translating this guidance into national PEP guidelines, countries are encouraged to consider the need to provide PEP in a way that maximizes uptake and completion rates.

  • HIV
  • World Health Organization
  • Guidelines
  • Postexposure prophylaxis
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anti-HIV Agents / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control
  • HIV Infections / transmission
  • Humans
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
  • Public Health
  • Sex Offenses
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FORD, Nathan, MAYER, Kenneth H. World Health Organization Guidelines on Postexposure Prophylaxis for HIV : Recommendations for a Public Health Approach. In: Clinical infectious diseases, 2015, vol. 60, p. S161–S164. doi: 10.1093/cid/civ068
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ISSN of the journal1058-4838

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