PHU - Disease Control programs and units

Sexual health and blood borne viruses unit (SHBBVU)

The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Unit (SHBBVU) aims to reduce the incidence and transmission of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) in the Northern Territory (NT).

We work with affected communities, non-government organisations, clinical services, training organisations and researchers to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate our public health response to controlling these infections.

The SHBBVU supports the delivery of educational and clinical services to urban, rural and remote communities across the NT. The program is guided by the Sexual Health Advisory Group (SHAG), which provides high-level advice for strategic planning, priority setting, research direction and resource allocation.

To contact the unit go to CDC contacts.

Clinic 34

Clinic 34 specialises in sexual health services for the assessment and treatment of STIs and BBVs including HIV and hepatitis C.

In addition to providing direct clinical services Clinic 34 supports other urban services to provide STI and BBV services through advice, education and resources. Clinic 34 also distributes sterile injecting equipment and provides safe disposal facilities through the Northern Territory Needle and Syringe Program (NSP).

Clinics are located in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy. All services are free and confidential and clients do not need a Medicare card for most services.

For contact information and opening hours go to the Clinic 34 pages on the NT Government website.

Syphilis register

The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Unit  maintains a Territory-wide syphilis register. Information on syphilis symptoms and other STIs can be found on the NT Government website.

Although diagnosis and treatment of STIs is relatively straightforward, this is not the case with syphilis. Information on current clinical findings and previous tests and history is required in order to determine correct treatment.

Syphilis register operators in Darwin and Alice Springs coordinate the collection, storage and distribution of information in relation to the diagnosis, treatment and follow up of syphilis and congenital syphilis.

Register operators can support clinicians in treatment and follow-up and assist in the surveillance and control of syphilis in the NT.

HBV, HCV and HIV community prescriber program

The SHBBVU is responsible for authorising doctors who work outside NT Health to be able to prescribe medication for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV under the Australian Government's 100 Highly Specialised Drugs Scheme.

The program is managed on behalf of the NT Government by the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM).

Doctors who are interested in training and becoming a prescriber should contact either ASHM or the SHBBV unit for more information.

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Last updated: 15 December 2016

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