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HIV postexposure prophylaxis during the COVID-19 pandemic: experience from Madrid
  1. Javier Sánchez-Rubio1,
  2. Manuel Vélez-Díaz-Pallarés2,
  3. Carmen Rodríguez González3,
  4. Patricia Sanmartin Fenollera4,
  5. Cristina García Yubero5,
  6. María Fernández-Pacheco García-Valdecasas6
  1. 1 Pharmacy, Hospital Universitario de Getafe, Getafe, Madrid, Spain
  2. 2 Pharmacy, Hospital Universitario Ramon y Cajal, Madrid, Spain
  3. 3 Pharmacy, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain
  4. 4 Pharmacy, Hospital Universitario Fundación Alcorcón, Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain
  5. 5 Pharmacy, Hospital Universitario Infanta Sofía, San Sebastian de los Reyes, Madrid, Spain
  6. 6 Pharmacy, Hospital Universitario Príncipe de Asturias, Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Javier Sánchez-Rubio, Pharmacy, Hospital Universitario de Getafe, 28905 Getafe, Spain; javier.sanchez{at}

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Antiretroviral prophylaxis started within 72 hours of a possible exposure is a feasible and cost-effective measure to prevent HIV infection.1 In Spain, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is provided free-of-charge via a hospital-based HIV specialist. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages across the world, questions are emerging on its impact on routine healthcare. Spain imposed a national lockdown on 14 March 2020, with the strictest measures applied to the Madrid region, the epicentre of the epidemic.2 The state of emergency remained in effect through 21 …

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  • Handling editor Anna Maria Geretti

  • Collaborators Madrid HIV Pharmaceutical Care Group: Oscar Pinar, Ana Ontañón, María Ángeles Campos, Elena García-Benayas, Concepción Martínez, Carlos Folguera, Jose Alberto Peña, Laura García, Virginia Collado, Francisco Moreno, Laura Corrales, Elena Matilla, Irene Cañamares, Elena Tortajada, Cristina Capilla.

  • Contributors Al authors have contributed to the planning, conduct and reporting of the work described in the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.