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HIV/AIDS Related Programs

What is HARP?

The HIV/AIDS and Related Programs Unit (HARP) works in partnership with government and Non-Government Organisation to provide strategic direction and support around Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), HIV/AIDS, Blood-Borne Viruses (BBVs) and Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) services, including:

  • Clinical network support and effective governance arrangements
  • Monitoring and improving the performance of services
  • Direction, advice and financial accountability for AIDS programs and related funding streams

We work closely with General Practitioners, publicly funded sexual health clinics, Aboriginal Medical Services, the Rural Flying Doctor Service and communities to raise awareness of safer sex, injecting practices and the importance of regular screening/testing to maintain good health.

The work we do includes:

  • Providing specialist sexual health and HIV/AIDS clinics
  • Running Needle and Syringe Program services
  • Managing viral hepatitis clinics (including treatment)
  • Conducting health promotion activities to help prevent STIs and Blood-Borne Viruses

Our publicly funded sexual health services work to increase access to service for certain priority populations (groups of people), in line with the 2016-2020 HIV, STI, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Strategies. These identified groups are:

  • Aboriginal people
  • Men who have sex with men
  • People who inject drugs
  • People living with HIV
  • Sex workers
  • Young people
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

We work to ensure our entire health service has the right knowledge and skills to work in this area, by facilitating professional development programs for GPs, nurses and allied health staff.

We also offer STI, HIV, Blood-Borne Virus and Needle and Syringe program education sessions to community groups, schools, youth services and Non-Government Organisations. This helps build local capacity and increases awareness of the most up-to-date, evidence-based information and available services, especially in our more rural and remote communities.


More information

There are a number of great resources available if you want to find more information relating to HIV/AIDS, sexual health, viral hepatitis or our Needle and Syringe programs.

HIV and Sexual Health

ACON​ Promotes HIV prevention, HIV support and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health.
Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC of NSW) Strives to lead the Aboriginal health agenda for better policies, programs, services and practices and sustain Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.
ASHM: Supporting the HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Workforce Aims to the see virtual eradication of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections.
Ending HIV A campaign to mark the end of new cases of HIV in Australia by 2020.
Family Planning NSW A leading provider of reproductive and sexual health services including contraception, pregnancy options, STIs, sexuality and sexual function, menstruation, menopause, common gynaecological and vaginal problems, cervical screening, breast awareness and men’s health.
The Gender Centre Inc Committed to developing and providing services and activities which enhance the ability of transgender and gender diverse people to make informed choices.
NSW Sexual Health Clinics For sexual health information and advice, or to find your closest appropriate sexual health service.
NSW Sexual Health Info Link Free and confidential and sexual health support and information.
NSW STI Programs Unit A resource for STI health services and specialist public sexual health services.
Play Safe A colourful and creative page targeting teenagers to practice safe sex.
STI & BBV Related Services in NSW A list of available STI and BBV related services in NSW.

Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP)

A leading sex worker health agency which promotes health, safety and wellbeing of sex workers and affirms their occupational and human rights.

Viral Hepatitis

Hepatitis NSW Information about different cases of Hepatitis and the resources available.
Hepatitis Helpline 1800 803 990
Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Services Works to respond to HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.

Needle and Syringe Program (NSP)

NSP – Your Questions Answered A booklet containing answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Needle and Syringe Programs.
NSP – Review of the Evidence A booklet containing a review of evidence for Needle and Syringe Programs in a question and answer format.
Safe Sharps Disposal A project which aims to assist sharps users to find the most convenient location to dispose of their sharps safely.
Community Sharps A program which advocates for, and promotes, a coordinated response for community sharps management, supporting councils and other stakeholders to implement best practice community sharps management policies and practices across NSW.
AIVL: Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League An Australian wide listing of NSPS and other related services that provide injecting equipment.
NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA) A not-for-profile NSW based organisation advocating for people who use and inject drugs and provide education practical support, information to users of illicit drugs, their friends and allies.
Your Room – Alcohol and Drug Information Offers information about alcohol and a wide range of drugs, how they can affect people, side effects, withdrawal and how to get help for yourself or for anyone else who needs it.