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Knowledge of post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV among general practitioners in northern Sydney
  1. C Ooi1,
  2. L Dayan1,
  3. L Yee2
  1. 1Clinic 16, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, NSW 2065, Australia
  2. 23/66 Hampden Road, Artarmon NSW 2064, Northern Sydney Division of General Practice, Sydney, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr C Ooi
 Clinic 16, Block 3, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, NSW 2065, Australia;

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Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV infection has been shown to significantly reduce the transmission of HIV in both occupational exposures and vertical transmission; however, its role in non-occupational sexual exposures has been harder to define.1,2 In 1988 the New South Wales (NSW) health department released guidelines for PEP use in non-occupational exposures, including sexual exposures, based on recommendations from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.3,4 Eligibility depends upon risk, time since exposure and negotiated risk versus benefit.3,4

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