HIV INFORMATION LINES

Ph: 02 9332 9700 or 1800 451 600

Monday to Friday: 9 am – 4 pm, except for public holidays

The New South Wales HIV Information Line is a service for the whole of NSW. The service has operated from The Albion Centre since 1985, providing telephone-based information, support and referral on HIV/AIDS and related issues.

The staff at the HIV Information Line can answer questions about HIV and related issues, including information about testing, prevention, risk reduction, safe sex, safe needle use and general information about treatment. Appropriate referrals to professional support and health services are also available.

The HIV Information Line staff also answer calls to the NSW Needle Clean Up Hotline and the NSW PEP Hotline

BLOOD AND BODY FLUID EXPOSURE PHONELINE

Ph: 1800 804 823

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

The 24-hour Blood and Body Fluid Exposure (BBFE) Phoneline is a confidential information, support and referral service for NSW based healthcare workers, paramedical workers and emergency services workers who sustain a needlestick injury and/or experience occupational exposure to blood and body fluids exposures during the course of their work duties. The service was formerly called the NSW Needlstick Hotline.

The BBFE is not a reporting or surveillance service.

The BBFE does not take calls from the general public. Members of the public who sustain a needlestick injury or blood & body fluid exposure are advised to seek treatment from their GP, a medical centre or the Emergency Room of their local hospital.

The BBFE is operated by The Albion Centre based in Surry Hills, Sydney.

Calls to the BBFE Phoneline are answered via a paging service. You will be called back by one of a team of clinical consultants and medical officers on duty between 7 am to 11 pm who can provide expert advice for the person at risk and/or their supervisor or treating medical officer.

We aim to return each call within a 20-minute timeframe. The nurse or doctor returning your call will assess the situation and provide appropriate information.

The team is able to provide:

  • Risk assessment
  • Management strategies
  • Prophylaxis information
  • Support
  • Referral

Calls between 11 pm to 7 am will be referred to the online self-assessment tool, the Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Self-Assessment, see below link

The Exposure Phoneline does not replace local workplace management protocols of occupational exposures. Its aim is to supplement and provide support information as an adjunct to existing local systems dealing with needlestick injuries and exposure to blood and/or body fluids.

Education resources

Course topics covering the management of exposures and infection prevention & control are regularly run by the Albion Education and Development. Course calendar information is available on the Albion website, via email EDUCATION or phone 02 9332 9720.

LINKS: References and Resources (PDF)