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Reach Of The Morning-After Pill Treatment Inadequate Among Sexual Assault Victims

ound to reduce the risk of transmission by as much as 80%. Nausea, fatigue and diarrhea represent some of the most commonly seen side effects. Liver damage and severe skin reactions can be manifested in severe cases. It is possible to reverse the side effects or attenuate the same by adjusting the dose of the medication or the drug combinations.

A majority of victims who take the treatment however, discontinue the same, prompting concerns regarding the development of immunity to the currently used anti-retroviral drugs.

The probability of transmission of HIV during one episode of sexual contact episode is about 0.1 to 1%. The risk is even greater if either partner has a diagnosis of HIV infection. If such an individual has anal sex, the risk of transmission to the partner is as high as 3%. This is much lesser than the probability of HIV transmission due to sharing needles or syringes (<1%).

A legal case filed by a gay couple in Britain recently has sparked an international debate on whether or not governments can be held responsible for not fully adopting this treatment regimen to fight against the spread of this deadly disease. The lack of transparency regarding the use of the medication related to a condom accident is believed to have ignited the fire.

While the above issue is controversial, it is reasonable to show interest in the prophylactic measures to be instituted soon after an episode of sexual assault, based on a personal motive to prevent contraction of HIV or other such diseases.


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