Do starter packs improve outcomes for people taking HIV post-exposure prophylaxis?
Scientific poster presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference, Melbourne, Australia, July 2014
Guidelines for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for people exposed to HIV recommend a 28 day course of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. The way in which antiretrovirals are prescribed differs by programme and setting. In some instances, people eligible for PEP are given a full 28 day course of treatment; in other instances a partial prescription (sometimes referred to as a starter pack) is provided. The reasons for providing partial or full course of treatment vary. We systematically assessed PEP completion rates according to each approach.