Joint Position on Universal Access to Anti-HIV Medications

Joint Position on Universal Access to Anti-HIV Medications

The Association for Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV), and National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) released a policy statement today, recommending that systems be established to ensure that survivors of sexual assault have universal access to medications to prevent HIV following rape.  In too many communities, access to these medications is lacking or inconsistent.

It is our joint position that:

  1.  Health care providers treating sexual assault patients include HIV risk assessment and potential prophylaxis as a standard component of the   medical-forensic examination.
  2.  Anti-HIV medications be available where and when patients present after sexual assault.
  3.  People who have been sexually assaulted not be expected to carry the financial burden for HIV nPEP.
  4.  People who have been sexually assaulted have access to advocacy and supportive services before, during and after HIV testing and nPEP provision

Please click here to access the complete position statement.

Endorsing Organizations

British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
CONTACT Huntington, Inc
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault
National Emergency Nurses Affiliation of Canada
Tri-Valley Haven
West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services

ANAC, IAFN, NAESV and NSVRC seek endorsements of this position statement.  To endorse the statement, please click here and provide all information requested.


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