Greater HIV testing after Veterans Health Administration policy change: The experience from a VA medical center in a high HIV prevalence area

Seema U. Nayak, Meredith L. Welch, Virginia L. Kan

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-168
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

Keywords

  • HIV screening percentage
  • HIV testing
  • HIV testing percentage
  • HIV testing policy
  • Prevalence
  • Routine HIV screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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