Tracking HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis using Syndromic Surveillance in NYC Emergency Departments

Stephanie Ngai, Zoe Edelstein, Julie Myers, Don Weiss


HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) prescriptions are not uniformly monitored in the United States. We developed a method to identify PEP-related visits in New York City emergency departments (EDs). Using ED data, we observed a threefold increase in PEP-related visits to NYC EDs from 2002-2013. 73% of PEP-related visits were among males, and 45% among adults ages 25-34 years. Incorporation of this method of PEP monitoring in the NYC syndromic surveillance system will be used to observe trends and inform HIV outreach efforts.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *