However, the treatment, which can prove to be life-saving for victims of sexual assault, is neither mandated nor is provided in India due to lack of awareness, AIDS Society of India (ASI) President Dr Ishwar Gilada told PTI.
"In cases of rape, along with legal aid a treatment of post-exposure prophylaxis should be immediately given to sexual assault victims.
This will cut down the chances of infection to 100 per cent," Gilada
This is a short term, inexpensive and an anti-retroviral treatment (ART) which can prove effective if started within eight hours of the rape incident," Gilada
The initiative to administer this treatment should be taken by the relatives of the victim and also the law enforcement agencies which usually focus mainly on the crime angle, he