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New York State rolls out HIV "widget" to emergency rooms

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A computer application, or widget, developed by a team of doctors from St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan with financing from the state’s AIDS Institute will be distributed to more than 200 emergency departments in New York state this week.

Since time is of the essence in treating someone who may have been exposed to the AIDS virus, the new computer application provides concise guidelines for starting prompt drug treatment that can reduce the risk of becoming infected.

"The doctors who developed the widget call it a “one-stop shopping” approach to PEP, or post-exposure prophylactic treatment. It walks users through a screening process to determine whether they are candidates for treatment, provides specific information about the 28-day course of antiretroviral drugs, and even links to consent forms in 22 languages, including Creole, Laotian and Yoruba."
 
 

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