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The HIV & Related Program Unit (HARP)

The HIV and Related Services Program (HARP) unit is funded by the NSW Ministry of Health to coordinate the local response to blood borne virus and sexually transmitted infections within primary care and publically funded services. We support the provision of sexual health and hepatitis C treatment services, the needle syringe program and health promotion programs in Murrumbidgee and Southern NSW Local Health Districts. We also support and undertake education activities for health providers, other community service providers and community.


NSW Sexual Health Infolink (SHIL)

The NSW Sexual Health Infolink (SHIL), is a service staffed by clinical sexual health nurses who provide a HIV and STI information service for health professionals. These include general practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals.

Requests for information include current HIV and STI testing and treatment guidelines and support with contact tracing and resources. SHIL nurses understand that for some health professionals, talking about sex as a health issue may be not routine and it’s difficult to keep ahead of changes in

HIV and STI clinical testing and treatment practice.

SHIL’s role in supporting public health is to provide fast clinical information and support for clinicians who provide HIV and sexual health care for their patients. They can also provide links to specialised services.

NSW STI Programs Unit (STIPU)

NSW STI Programs Unit (STIPU) provides state-wide leadership in STI health promotion and service development for health professionals.

NSW Health website 

The Sexual Health Plus section of the NSW Health website provides a portal with links to NSW Health strategies, reports, services, policy directives and guidelines; as well as national research, policies and agencies relating to sexually transmissible infections.

Stigma STI/HIV Testing Guidelines for MSM

This current version is endorsed by the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Sexual Health Medicine, Australasian Sexual Health Alliance, Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is approved as an accepted clinical resource by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

STI / HIV Testing Tool

A step by step guide to STI and HIV testing

Australian STI Management Guidelines for Use in Primary Care

The Guidelines are a website designed for primary health professionals. They provide concise information to support the prevention, testing, diagnosis, management and treatment of sexually transmissible infections.

Australian STI & HIV Testing Guidelines for Men who have Sex with Men

Australian STI Management Guidelines for use in Primary Care are an online resource for primary care health professionals and provide concise information to support the prevention, testing, diagnosis, management and treatment of STIs for adults and adolescents.

Australian STI Management Guidelines for use in Primary Care

Hepatitis C treatment Guidelines:  Gastroenterology society of Australia

The resources and information available at this site include : A Practical Guide to Prescribing the New Hepatitis C Antiviral Drugs in General Practice, Managing Hepatitis C in General Practice and the Australian recommendations for the management of hepatitis C virus infection: a consensus statement (August 2017). This is a living document that will be updated as new data emerges.

Hepatitis NSW 

Hepatitis NSW provides information on transmission, testing, treatments, support, referral and advocacy for people affected by viral hepatitis in NSW. They also provide workforce development and education services both to prevent the transmission of viral hepatitis and to improve services for those affected by it.

Transgender Standards of Care: World Professional Association for Transgender Health

As an international interdisciplinary, professional organisation, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) will work to further the understanding and treatment of gender dysphoria by professionals in medicine, psychology, law, social work, counselling, psychotherapy, family studies, sociology, anthropology, sexology, speech and voice therapy, and other related field and access to a range of online resources and publications.

Liverpool  HIV Drug Interactions Chart

The Liverpool Drug Interactions website was established in 1999 by members of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Liverpool that provides a clinically useful, reliable, comprehensive, up-to-date, evidence-based drug-drug interaction resource, freely available to healthcare workers, patients and researchers.

Liverpool Hepatitis C Drug Interactions Chart

This web site was established in 2010 by members of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Liverpool to offer a resource for healthcare providers, researchers and patients to be able to understand and manage Hepatitis C drug-drug interactions.

Key Contacts

HIV and Related Programs (HARP) Manager

Clinical Nurse Consultant Sexual Health

Blood Borne Virus Prevention Coordinator

HARP Health Promotion Program Coordinator

Last updated: 21 August 2023