Effective HIV Case Identification Through Routine HIV Screening at Urgent Care Centers in Massachusetts

Walensky, Rochelle P.; Losina, Elena; Malatesta, Laureen; Barton, George E.; O'Connor, Catherine A.; Skolnik, Paul R.; Hall, Jonathan M.; McGuire, Jean F.; Freedberg, Kenneth A.
January 2005
American Journal of Public Health;Jan2005, Vol. 95 Issue 1, p71
Academic Journal
Think HIV offered HIV counseling, testing, and referral to patients at 4 Massachusetts urgent care centers from January to September 2002. We compared the positive diagnosis yield of Think HIV with that of state-funded HIV counseling, testing, and referral sites. Think HIV found an HIV prevalence of 2.0% compared with 1.9% identified by self-referral testing. Urgent care center-based routine HIV counseling, testing, and referral programs are feasible, can have high positive diagnosis yields, and should be the standard of care in high HIV prevalence areas.


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