Greater HIV testing after Veterans Health Administration policy change: The experience from a VA medical center in a high HIV prevalence area
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
HIV screening percentage; HIV testing; HIV testing percentage; HIV testing policy; Prevalence; Routine HIV screening
Veterans Health Administration changed its HIV testing policy to remove requirements for written informed consent with pretest/posttest counseling and to make testing part of routine care in August 2009. HIV testing percentages were compared for 1-year periods before and after this change at our medical center located in Washington, DC, the city with the highest US HIV prevalence. After this policy change, HIV screening rose from 5.5% to 10.3% of persons in care with the majority of testing in outpatient settings and the greatest increase among veterans aged 61-70. Broadening of HIV testing has significance for HIV detection and prevention. Copyright © 2012 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Nayak, S., Welch, M., & Kan, V. (2012). Greater HIV testing after Veterans Health Administration policy change: The experience from a VA medical center in a high HIV prevalence area. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 60 (2). http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/QAI.0b013e318251aefe