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Title: Post-exposure prophylaxis after non-occupational exposure to HIV in Greece
Authors: Konte, V. 
Pylli, Magda 
Paraskeva, Dimitra 
Tsiara, Chrissa 
Makri, Efraxia 
Raftopoulos, Vasilios 
Nikolopoulos, Georgios K. 
Keywords: HIV Prevention;HIV Prophylaxis;Non-Occupational Exposure;Unprotected Sex
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: International Council of Nurses
Source: International Nursιng Review, Vol.55, no.1, pp.68-72
Abstract: Aim: To assess the use of post-exposure prophylaxis after a non-occupational exposure to HIV in Greece. Methods: We analysed the data that were reported to the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention by physicians who requested non-occupational post-exposure to HIV prophylaxis (NONOPEP) . Results: During the period January 1996–June 2005 inclusive, 159 persons received NONOPEP (116 males, 42 females and 1 unknown). Fifty-three per cent of the males sought NONOPEP because of an exposure to sperm and vaginal secretions, while 35.7% of the females were exposed to sperm. Unprotected sex was the main reported cause of exposure to HIV (38.36%) followed by condom rupture (35.85%). For 110 (69.18%) persons, it was the first time they were prescribed NONOPEP. Conclusion: The current surveillance system in Greece should be further developed to include the documentation of potential drug-toxicity, side effects and adherence to the prophylaxis. The health educational role of the nurse in HIV prevention in Greece should be developed.
Description: Print ISSN: 0020-8132
ISSN: 1466-7657
Rights: © 1899 - 2009 International Council of Nurses
Type: Article
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