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.
For further information on HIV PEP, contact SA Health's Communicable Disease Control Branch.
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
- Flinders Medical Centre
- Lyell McEwin Hospital
- Noarlunga Hospital
- Modbury Hospital
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital
- Royal Adelaide Hospital
- Clinic 275, Adelaide
- Women’s and Children's Hospital
- O’Brien Street Practice
- SHine SA (Adelaide, Noarlunga, Davoren Park, Woodville)
Eyre Peninsula and Western South Australia hospitals and health services
Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island hospitals and health services
- Kangaroo Island Multi-Purpose Health Service (Kingscote)
- South Coast District Hospital (Victor Harbor)
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
- Clare Hospital and Health Services
- Maitland Hospital and Health Service
- Port Pirie Regional Health Service
Nganampa Health Council, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands
Other regional services
- South Australian PEP Management Plan: Implementation of the National Guidelines for Post-exposure Prophylaxis after Non-occupational and Occupational Exposure to HIV (PDF 187KB)
The South Australian PEP Management Plan should be read in conjunction with the following companion document: