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HIV post exposure prophylaxis, information for health professionals

Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV

HIV PEP hotline 1800 022 226

The provision of post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is part of an overall strategy for the prevention of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in South Australia. PEP is a 28 day course of antiretroviral medications which can prevent HIV infection following an exposure to HIV.

HIV PEP must be started within 72 hours of the risk exposure and effectiveness is considered to be greater when PEP is started as soon as possible.

HIV PEP hotline

The South Australian HIV PEP hotline 1800 022 226 is available 24 hours a day to triage any member of the public who believes they may have been exposed to HIV. Calls are answered by a Registered Nurse who will conduct a risk assessment based on the information provided by the caller. Individuals who have had a significant risk exposure to HIV will be directed to the nearest HIV PEP access point.

Further information

For further information on HIV PEP, contact SA Health's Communicable Disease Control Branch

HIV PEP access points

The South Australian HIV PEP system is available through hospital emergency departments and targeted primary care clinics as HIV PEP access points. These access points hold HIV PEP 'starter packs' that contain five days of antiretroviral medications.

Starter packs allow individuals presenting after an exposure or suspected exposure to HIV to be started on the antiretroviral medication as soon as possible, thereby increasing the effectiveness of PEP.

All metropolitan Adelaide public hospital emergency departments are HIV PEP starter pack access points. In rural areas, emergency departments of key regional hospitals are HIV PEP starter pack access points.

Ordering PEP starter packs

PEP starter packs can be ordered via a written or electronic purchase request and directed to the SA Pharmacy purchasing officer at Flinders Medical Centre. Phone (08) 8204 5283 if further information regarding ordering is required. It is the responsibility of distribution sites to check stock expiry dates on a regular basis.

Access point locations

Metropolitan area

Eyre Peninsula and Western South Australia hospitals and health services

Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island hospitals and health services

Murray Mallee hospitals and health services

Far North hospitals and health services

Limestone Coast hospitals and health services

Yorke and Mid North hospitals and health services

Nganampa Health Council, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands 

Other regional services

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