National HIV & TB Health Care Worker Hotline
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HIV- and TB-related queries answered from 2008 to 2019: 52 323
The Medicines Information Centre (MIC) situated within the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town is the largest and only clinically-based medicine information centre in South Africa. Based at the MIC, the toll-free National HIV & TB Healthcare Worker Hotline has been operating since 2009. It provides a service to all health care workers in South Africa for patient treatment related enquiries. Call us - we will gladly assist you!
What questions can you ask?
The toll-free national HIV & TB health care worker hotline provides information on queries relating to:
- HIV testing
- Post exposure prophylaxis: health care workers and sexual assault victims
- Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
- Management of HIV in pregnancy, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission
- Antiretroviral Therapy
- When to initiate
- Treatment selection
- Recommendations for laboratory and clinical monitoring
- How to interpret and respond to laboratory results
- Management of adverse events
- Drug interactions
- Treatment and prophylaxis of opportunistic infections
- Drug availability
- Adherence support
- Management and prevention of tuberculosis
When is this free service available?
The hotline operates from Mondays to Fridays 8.30am – 4.30pm.
Who answers the questions?
- The centre is staffed by specially-trained drug information pharmacists. They have direct access to:
- The latest information databases and reference sources
- The clinical expertise of consultants at the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences, Groote
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