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PEPline: 1-888-448-4911

Posted March 2007; Updated April 2014

PEPline: 1-888-448-4911

In collaboration with the Clinician Consultation Center (CCC) [formerly known as the National HIV/AIDS Clinicians’ Consultation Center (NCCC)], the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute offers the HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Hotline (PEPline) for providers needing consultation with an HIV Specialist regarding the management of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The CCC has added a new feature to its consultation services. Beginning April 21, 2014, healthcare providers will be able to register online with the CCC to initiate free, confidential clinical consultation via desk-top computers and mobile devices, to receive responses online and by phone from expert clinicians. Additional new CCC website features include expanded resources and tools for clinicians like the PEP Quick Guide, ARV Charts, Case of the Month Vignettes, and more. The PEPline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. PEPline clinicians will assist callers in assessing of risk of the exposure, discuss the most recent New York State post-exposure prophylaxis guidelines, and review specific treatment and follow-up options.

PEPline:    1-888-448-4911
Hours:       24 hours/7 days a week

For more information about the Clinicians Consultation Center Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Hotline, please visit the Clinicians Consultation Center website at:

Read the official CCC press release and visit the CCC website to learn more about the new Clinicians Consultation Center and its services.

PEPline HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis

To order copies of this poster, please email Terri Wilder at:


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Governor Cuomo Announces Plan to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State

Posted June 2014; updated July 2014

Three-pronged Plan Focuses on Improved HIV Testing, Preventing the Spread of the Disease, and Better Treatment for People Who Have It

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a three-point plan to “bend the curve” and decrease new HIV infections to the point where the number of people living with HIV in New York State is reduced for the first time. The end of the AIDS epidemic in New York will occur when the total number of new HIV infections has fallen below the number of HIV-related deaths.

The “Bending the Curve” three-point program includes:

  1. Identifying persons with HIV who remain undiagnosed and linking them to health care;
  2. Linking and retaining persons diagnosed with HIV to health care and getting them on anti-HIV therapy to maximize HIV virus suppression so they remain healthy and prevent further transmission; and
  3. Providing access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for high-risk persons to keep them HIV negative.

To read the full announcement, please visit

Please click here to download a letter to Governor Cuomo from Michel Sidibe of UNAIDS expressing his support and interest in Governor Cuomo’s recent plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020.


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PrEP/PEP Voluntary Directory

Posted July 2014

PrEP/PEP Voluntary Directory

To increase access to PrEP and PEP, the AIDS Institute is compiling a list of providers who prescribe PrEP/PEP for a voluntary directory. Please click here to access eight short questions to register as a provider.


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NYS Clinical Education: New CME Courses, Request PEP Cards

Posted July 2014

New CME Courses

The Clinical Education Initiative is pleased to announce the availability of six new CME courses. All courses are free and can be taken online at any time.

Please visit today to sign-up for this training opportunity.

PEP Cards

The PEP card provides important information needed to make clinical decisions regarding HIV PEP.

The cards are offered by the Clinical Education Initiative HIV/HCV Center for Excellence. If you would like to order a supply of the new PEP cards for the medical providers on your team, please contact Terri Wilder at

For more information, please visit


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Quick News Update from OMD AIDS Institute

Posted July 2014

OMD SCREENSHOT – July 11, 2014

Here is important information from the Office of the Medical Director (OMD) AIDS Institute:

  • Governor Cuomo Announces End of Aids Initiative – Governor Cuomo announced new standards in HIV care aimed at ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York State. The plan is designed to improve the healthcare that infected patients receive, track infected patients, and identify individuals who do not know they are infected. It also will promote access to and use of PrEP.
  • PrEP/PEP Voluntary Directory – To increase access to PrEP and PEP, the AIDS Institute is compiling a list of providers who prescribe PrEP/PEP for a voluntary directory. Please click here to access eight short questions to register as a provider.
  • New PrEP/PEP Material – In collaboration with the NYS DOH, the NYC Health Department has developed educational materials to promote awareness and use of PrEP and PEP. “PrEP and PEP: New Ways to Prevent HIV” includes a pamphlet, postcards, posters and provider and consumer web tools. Your organization can order free pamphlets, postcards and posters by calling 311 or contacting
  • Algorithm to Identify Patients with Unknown HIV Status from EMR Developed – Clinicians at Montefiore Medical Center have created an algorithm that draws upon EMR data to “identify patients with unknown HIV status.” (Felsen, U.R. et al. Development of an EMR-based algorithm to identify patients with unknown HIV status. 2014. AIDS Care. 26(10):1318-1325) [PubMed]
  • Free HIV/HCV Clinical Consultation – The Albany Medical College DAC is offering free clinical consultations with HIV/HCV specialists on topics such as managing ART and OIs, pregnant women with HIV, resistance testing and monitoring, drug interactions and toxicity, PrEP and PEP and co-morbidities. For a consultation call (518)-262-6864 or email


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Medicaid Update: June

Posted June 2014

Dear Medicaid Provider,

The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the June 2014 Medicaid Update (PDF).


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CDC Recommendations: Laboratory Testing for the Diagnosis of HIV Infection: Updated Recommendations

Posted June 2014

The CDC has released updated HIV testing recommendations. For resources for all FDA-approved diagnostic HIV tests for use in moderate and high complexity laboratories, please visit:


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CDC Guidelines: PrEP Guidelines for the Prevention of HIV Infection

Posted May 2014

On Wednesday May 14, 2014, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines to help providers identify potential candidates for the use of daily pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for the prevention of HIV infection. In January 2014, the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute also released its own guidance document on PrEP.

For the CDC PrEP documents, see:

For the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute PrEP guidance document, see Guidance for the Use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to Prevent HIV Transmission.


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NYC Health: New Ways to Prevent HIV - PrEP and PEP

Posted June 2014

More than 3,000 New Yorkers are diagnosed with HIV each year. Fortunately, there are new options to prevent HIV infection: Pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP).

PrEP is a pill taken daily to prevent HIV infection when used in combination with other risk reduction strategies. PEP is a combination of pills taken daily for 28 days to prevent HIV infection after a high-risk exposure to HIV. Both employ antiretroviral medications that are also used to treat HIV.

The New York City Health Department has developed public health education materials to promote awareness and use of PrEP and PEP among at-risk New Yorkers. “PrEP and PEP: New Ways to Prevent HIV” includes a pamphlet, postcards, posters and provider and consumer web tools. Your organization can order free pamphlets, postcards and posters by calling 311.

Please share and discuss these materials with clients who:

  • Receive a negative HIV test result
  • Report sexual or drug use behaviors that place them at high risk for HIV
  • Are seeking care for a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or report a recent STI
  • Express concern about HIV
  • Have a partner living with HIV

Please also encourage clients living with HIV to share materials with their HIV-negative partners.

As interest in PrEP and PEP grows, community organizations that serve people at risk of HIV throughout New York City should be ready to partner with clinical sites that accept referrals for PrEP and PEP. Clinicians should also become comfortable prescribing PrEP and PEP to appropriate patients or be ready to refer them to experienced clinics. Clinicians can refer to recent clinical guidelines on the use of these strategies:

The New York State Clinical Education Initiative’s Line is available for consultation about PrEP and PEP (as well as HIV and STI care).

New York State CEI Line
1-866-637-2342 (24 hours/7 days per week)

For more information about PrEP and PEP in New York City, or to learn about becoming part of the New York City referral network, please contact the Health Department at

We look forward to partnering with you to implement these new strategies for HIV prevention.


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What Support Services Providers Should Know About PrEP

Posted May 2014

From the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute’s Improving Health Outcomes Series:

What Support Services Providers Should Know About PrEP (PDF 142 KB)


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amfAR Fact Sheet: WHO Guidelines for the Screening, Care, and Treatment of Persons with Hepatitis C Infection

Posted July 2014

An estimated 150–180 million people are infected with hepatitis C globally; however, available hepatitis C treatments are complex and/or expensive, and many governments currently do not cover the costs of treatment. In April 2014, the World Health Organization published its first guidelines on screening, care, and treatment of hepatitis C infection to help government officials and healthcare providers in resource-limited settings establish effective programs to care for individuals infected with the virus.

The following fact sheet briefly summarizes the guidelines’ major recommendations, including who should be offered screenings for hepatitis C infection, how to monitor and reduce liver damage in those who test positive, and how to treat patients co-infected with HIV.

Please click here to download the fact sheet.


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SAMHSA Update: 2 Publications To Help Clinicians Address Viral Hepatitis

Posted June 2014

Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders

Get an overview of viral hepatitis and information on screening, evaluation, treatment, side effects management, and potential interactions among medications used to treat chronic hepatitis, as well as medications used in the treatment of behavioral health disorders.

Get KAP Keys for Clinicians

Are You a Clinical Administrator?

Get succinct, easily accessible information that behavioral health clinicians can refer to when working with clients who have or may have hepatitis. The guide includes information on hepatitis prevention, screening, treatment, and coordination of client care. It also includes guidance for administrators on how to add or improve hepatitis services.

Get the Quick Guide for Clinicians and Administrators


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AIDS Institute Update: Two New Hepatitis C Educational Materials

Posted May 2014

In celebration of May Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19 Hepatitis Testing Day, the AIDS Institute Viral Hepatitis Section is pleased to announce the availability of two new HCV education materials.

Hepatitis C Testing Card – This double sided card is aimed at increasing hepatitis C screening among persons at-risk for hepatitis C, including those born between 1945 and 1965. The card outlines who should be screened for hepatitis C and includes information on the hepatitis C screening methods and test result interpretations.

Hepatitis C Counseling Message Pads – This new counseling message material is designed for persons performing HCV screening and counseling and to ensure appropriate counseling messages are delivered based on the screening test result. This material was developed in collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Both materials are available to be ordered in English and Spanish. All materials are available free-of-charge through the NYSDOH Distribution Center.

Click here to download a special order form.


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NYSDOH Update: Amended Health Law Related to HIV Testing

Updated May 2014

Amended Health Law related to HIV Testing – Please click here to download a letter from Dr. Nirav Shah, former NYS Commissioner of Health, describing changes to Public Health Law Section 2781 enacted to further increase HIV testing in the State and promote linkage and retention in care for HIV-positive persons.

For further information and guidance on HIV testing in New York State, including testing women in prenatal care, please see the New York State Department of Health website at:


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Email Announcement Archives

Posted December 2009

The HIV Clinical Guidelines Program provides subscribers with email announcements of when new guidelines are posted and existing guidelines are updated.

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