In British Columbia, publicly funded antiretroviral drugs are available after exposure to HIV in occupational settings and for sexual assault cases, administered through the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) program.
The BC-CfE with the support of Pharmacare has developed an 18-month pilot project to look at the occurrence of non-occupational exposures that may be high risk for subsequent HIV infection. The pilot has been implemented at five sites in Vancouver:
1. Bute Street Clinic
2. St. Paul's Hospital: Emergency Clinic & Immunodeficiency Clinic
3. Spectrum Health Care
4. Health Initiative for Men (HIM) Sexual Health Centre
5. Downtown Community Health Centre (DCHC)
An expansion of this pilot project may start in the Interior Health region in late 2014. For more information about the Interior Health pilot sites, contact the Health Outreach Team at 1.866.778.7736.
Other Areas of BC
Providers outside of Vancouver or Interior Health Authority who wish to refer their patients for this pilot should call the REACH line HIV Specialists at the BC-CfE (call 1.800.665.7677) to determine eligibility and have initial medication released from a local hospital pharmacy that stocks medication starter kit.
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