Call for clinical consults on communicable disease
DPH Clinical Consult Lines

Clinical consults for health care providers are available from DPH Programs on reportable communicable diseases, including TB and STDs, as well as for veterinary public health consults. The Public Health Laboratory will also take lab-related queries from providers.

  • Business hours (Monday to Friday 8am-5pm) - call the consult phone lines below
  • Non-business hours (Monday to Friday 5pm-8am and weekends/holidays) - urgent* consults only - call 213-974-1234 and ask for the physician on call.
   * public health issues that cannot wait until the next working day

Acute Communicable Diseases (except STDs, TB and Vaccine Preventable Diseases): (213) 240-7941

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: (213) 368-7441

The Division of HIV and STD Programs Clinical Nursing and Guidance Unit provides:
  • Clinical Consultations
  • Assistance with case reporting
  • Countywide record searches: syphilis test results and treatment
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Messages returned by the next business day.

Tuberculosis: (213) 745-0800

Note: this starts as a phone tree-- after the message starts, press #1 and then #1 again for medical consultation.

Vaccine Preventable Diseases: (213) 351-7800

Veterinarian-On-Call: (213) 288-7060

For animal bite, rabies, animal disease consultation or reporting

Public Health Lab: (562) 658-1330

For laboratory related questions including test services, technical consultation, test interpretation, results, and referral reference testing to CDC or CA Dept. of Public Health.


HIV: UCSF Clinician Consultation Center (on-line and phone consults See website for hours):

  • HIV/AIDS Care Consultation: (800) 933-3413
  • Post-Exposure/PEP Consultation: (888) 448-4911
  • Perinatal HIV Consultation: (888) 448-8765
  • Pre-Exposure/PrEP Consultation: (855) 448-7737