Beijing, Nov 30 (IANS) Beijing on Thursday launched a hotline number to provide consultation services for HIV/AIDS patients.

Beijing Home of Red Ribbon, a non-governmental organisation, launched the hotline to provide a series of services, including basic knowledge of HIV/AIDS, evaluation of unsafe sex, and psychological counselling, reports Xinhua.

Zhao Hongxin, an HIV/AIDS expert with Beijing Ditan Hospital, took the first call on the hotline, answering questions about unsafe sex and anti-retroviral drugs.

"We must give HIV/AIDS patients enough care and support, mainly medical aid, to solve their problems," said Wang Kerong, Beijing Home of Red Ribbon office director.

The organisation was established in 2005 and provides comprehensive care for HIV/AIDS patients and their families, with medical support, volunteer services and legal aid.