Today’s world is becoming more and more unpredictable, with violence, rape and motor vehicle accidents constantly on the rise – significantly increasing our chances of being exposed to HIV through accident or trauma. These are the hard, if obvious, facts-of-life facing us today as we come to terms with the implications and impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We need to protect ourselves, our organisations, our employees and dependents against the long-term impacts of HIV/AIDS infections.
Health Finance Corporation has teamed up with ER24 to bring you the C5 HIV Prevention Plan – providing immediate assistance and preventative treatment to any individual exposed to HIV through rape, assault, needle stick injuries, motor vehicle accidents and other exposures.
Rape statistics in South Africa are horrific, with one estimate suggesting that a woman is raped in South Africa every 23 seconds. Men are also victims of sexual assault, with thousands of these cases going unreported every year. We know it happens and confidential medical and emotional assistance is available for male survivors.
Rape / sexual assault is a violent and traumatic experience that can happen to anyone in many situations. Prompt antiretroviral treatment may prevent you, or someone you love, from contracting HIV.
Should you be exposed to HIV through accident or trauma, you will be able to call the Contact Centre, where medically trained staff will provide telephonic counselling whilst an ER24 vehicle is despatched to the scene. You will then be transported to the nearest appropriate facility in order to begin taking your post exposure prophylaxis within the Critical 5 hours.