HIV Exposure in Sexual Assault

HIV Exposure in Sexual Assault


On completion of this module, participants will develop an understanding of:

  1. Basic medical care for an adolescent or adult patient following sexual assault/blood and body fluids (BBF) exposure
  2. Relative risk of acquiring HIV following sexual assault
  3. Risk stratification for PEP following sexual assault
  4. Limitations of PEP treatment regimen as particularly related to sexual assault

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Dr. Tracy A. Pickett, MD, MForensicMed, FRCPC, FFCFM (RCPA)
Medical Director, BC Women’s Hospital Sexual Assault Service; Emergency Physician VCHA
Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, UBC

Dr. Tracy Pickett is the Medical Director of the BC Women’s Hospital Sexual Assault Service and an Emergency Room Physician at Vancouver General Hospital. She completed a Master’s degree in Forensic Medicine at Monash University in Australia in 2014, and is currently the only physician in Canada to hold both an academic degree and a Fellowship in Clinical Forensic Medicine (medicine at the interface of the law, as applied to living patients). Dr. Pickett is a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, and a member of the Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Committee at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.