NYS PHL Regarding Treatment of Sexual Assault Victims
Posted October 2012
The New York State Department of Health has issued a Dear Colleague letter regarding a change in hospital requirements for the treatment of victims of sexual assault.
Effective November 27, 2012, hospitals providing treatment to victims of sexual assault will be required to:
- Provide a 7-day starter pack of HIV post-exposure prophylaxis to victims of sexual assault, and;
- Provide or arrange for an appointment for medical follow-up related to HIV post-exposure prophylaxis and other care as appropriate.
The amended Public Health Law Section 2805-i (2012) can be accessed here.
For clinical guidance on non-occupational exposures to HIV, see HIV Prophylaxis Following Non-Occupational Exposure Including Sexual Assault.