You know how chief complaints present to the ED in multiples? In one week, I had several cases where patients were asking for post-exposure prophylaxis treatment NOT in the content of a sexual assault. I haven’t had to manage such cases in a long time and so needed to look up the recent guidelines from the CDC.1

The trick is not to forget about all the co-existing problems and infections beyond just HIV. Specifically, don’t forget about gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas.

PV Card: Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for Non-Occupational Contact

Adapted from 2
Go to the ALiEM Cards site for more resources.

STD Treatment. Centers for Disease Control.
Landovitz RJ, Currier JS. Postexposure Prophylaxis for HIV Infection. New England Journal of Medicine. 2009;361(18):1768-1775. doi: 10.1056/nejmcp0904189
Michelle Lin, MD
ALiEM Editor-in-Chief
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Michelle Lin, MD


Professor of Emerg Med at UCSF-Zuckerberg San Francisco General. Founder of ALiEM @aliemteam #PostitPearls
Michelle Lin, MD