Building Routine HIV Testing into the Primary Care Visit

Updated: November 11, 2016

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When you go to the doctor to get a routine check-up, you’re tested for numerous potential health conditions, including cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. What about HIV? Fewer than 50% of U.S. adults have ever been tested, and about 20% of the 1.1 million people in the U.S. infected with HIV do not know their status. Not only does this put their own health at risk, it increases the likelihood that HIV will spread. This brief, developed by PCDC’s HIP in Health Care team, discusses the importance of including HIV testing in the primary care visit and how PCDC can help practices do it.