ELDA Hospital has been denounced for allegedly not administering an antiretroviral treatment to a citizen of Novelda who had performed high risk sex. The patient visited a health centre in Novelda to learn about what treatment to follow since the condom had broken.
The centre referred the patient to the Virgen de la Salud de Elda Hospital where the attending physication did not know the treatment and directed the patient to emergency. Another doctor on duty in emergencies was also not aware of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment.
PEP is a treatment started immediately after exposure to a pathogen – including a disease-causing virus – in order to prevent infection by the pathogen and the development of disease. The patient was referred to a GP, but in the end went to a private doctor who provided the PEP, but said that it had to be administered at the hospital. The Valencian AIDS association Calcsicova has written to the Ministry of Health about this situation.