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The Knowledge and Prescription of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV by Physicians in Goiás




Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, Anti-Retroviral Agents, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, Physicians, Public Health


The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease which effects the immune system and, to reduce the development of this pathology, antiretrovirals was created. Evidences demonstrate the effectiveness of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), however, it still has obstacles, such as the lack of knowledge, technique and training of health professionals for patient guidance and prescription. The aim of this research is to investigate the subjective and objective knowledge of PrEP, futhermore the number of prescriptions in State of Goiás. For data collection, a survey was applied to 152 physicians with active enrollment in Conselho Regional de Medicina do Estado de Goiás. As a result, 132 physicians (86,8%) reported having previous knowledge about PrEP, on average of 44,2% informed having knowledge for prescription, 129 (84,8%) never prescribed PrEP and, when objectively evaluated, on average of 83,8% have knowledge about the risk categorization for the drug use. The outcome of this research is not consonant with the hypothesis that only 20% of the physicians would have plenty knowledge, according to the literature, but it is evident the need for medical training to optimize the clinical impact on public health of this important HIV prevention strategy.


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Bernardes, C. T. V., Port, M. E., Freire, M. Q., Souza, I. G. de, Rocha, J. S., Borges, N. M. P., & Freitas, Y. J. F. de. (2022). The Knowledge and Prescription of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV by Physicians in Goiás. In SciELO Preprints.


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