HIV Prophylaxis Exposure Plan
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Emergency Department and Trauma Center unfortunately treats victims of sexual abuse on a regular basis. These children face many obstacles related to their sexual abuse, including the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
While some sexually transmitted diseases can be prevented with single-dose medications, HIV is treated with a 28-day prophylactic medication. Historically, victims would obtain a “starter kit” from the hospital, but would be required to obtain the remaining medication directly from a pharmacy.
Today, thanks to a collaboration among Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin leaders, Walgreens and a courier service, patients and their families can receive a full 28-day regimen of the medication before leaving the hospital.
Walgreens agreed to stock the previously hard-to-get medication, and dispense it as soon as possible.
Staff at Children’s has developed a method and programming to educate patients and parents on how to use the medication effectively.
Since the implementation of the new program, CHW has developed a system to get families the medication they need; helped lessen family stress and inconvenience; and significantly reduced the drug expense to the hospital.
The program is unique to the region and not duplicated anywhere else in the U.S. It requires commitment and dedication to improving the lives of children throughout Wisconsin and strong collaboration among all parties involved.