Doctors concerned over abuse of HIV drugs
06 November 2013, 11:15
Nairobi - Health workers say young people are using emergency Aids medication instead of practicing safe sex.
They go in hospitals for Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) treatment instead of using condoms when having sex.
PEP treatment is meant for people suspected to have come into contact with HIV- infected material, such as health workers and victims of sexual crimes. It must start within 72 hours of exposure to the infected material and consists of a daily dosage of six tablets taken for 28 days, Daily Nation reports.
Doctors are concerned that the youths fail to take the full dosage, thus risking infection and also incubating a virus which is resistant to medication.
The drugs are freely supplied in public hospitals and it is illegal for chemists to stock them.
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