New HIV Data from CDC

A few things of which to be aware from CDC on HIV in the US that may impact your forensic practice:

Understanding the Impact of HIV: Diagnoses, Incidence and Prevalence (PDF)

HIV Among Women Fact Sheet (PDF)

HIV Infection Risk, Prevention, and Testing Behaviors Among Men Who
Have Sex With Men—National HIV Behavioral Surveillance, 23 U.S. Cities, 2017
(PDF)

Transmission Patterns in a Low HIV-Morbidity State — Wisconsin, 2014–2017

*And your reminder for assessing risk for HIV following sexual assault:

Recommendations for postexposure HIV risk assessment of adolescent and adult survivors within 72 hours of sexual assault

  • Assess risk for HIV infection in the assailant, and test that person for HIV whenever possible.
  • Use the algorithm to evaluate the survivor for the need for HIV nPEP (Figure) (312).
  • Consult with a specialist in HIV treatment if nPEP is being considered.
  • If the survivor appears to be at risk for acquiring HIV from the assault, discuss nPEP, including benefits and risks.
  • If the survivor chooses to start nPEP (312), provide enough medication to last until the follow-up visit at 3–7 days after initial assessment and assess tolerance to medications.
  • If nPEP is started, perform CBC and serum chemistry at baseline.
  • Perform an HIV antibody test at original assessment; repeat at 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months.

Assistance with nPEP-related decisions can be obtained by calling the National Clinician’s Post Exposure Prophylaxis Hotline (PEP Line) (telephone: 888–448–4911).

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