The type of antiretroviral in question is known as post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP. There are plans to run a pilot programme with sex workers in Kenya to see if it could be practical for them to use PrEP as an extra layer of defence. It's far better, experts say, to prevent exposure to the virus in the first place, by using condoms.
It is intended to be used in emergencies. But Godfrey-Faussett jo that they must be used as part of a wider package, including regular HIV testing to make sure that the patient is on the correct medication. I went to a different clinic where they don't have my records, and lied that I was forced into unprotected sex," she says.
How reckless is this? These are taken daily, and contain fewer drugs than PEP, so there are fewer side effects.
This hasn't stopped year-old sex worker Pamela using PEP four times in the past year. She didn't finish the full course because of the side-effects. There are no definitive figures to show how well PEP works.
Despite this, some sex workers are having unprotected sex - and taking antiretroviral drugs afterwards to cut the infection risk. About sharing In Kenya 1. Some clinics will only give clients one course of PEP a year.
concom They worry that if they hand the drugs out too freely, prostitutes will stop using condoms altogether. Godfrey-Faussett stresses that the cheapest line of defence is, in this case, the strongest. However, emergency use of PEP is not the best way to escortz about it, he says. Instead it would be better for prostitutes to take a type of antiretroviral deed to be taken before exposure to HIV - known as Pre-exposure prophylaxis PrEP.
For example, it is given to victims of rape if their attacker is thought to be HIV-positive, or to medics who have been pricked by a potentially infected needle.