Advances in HIV diagnosis, treatment, and prevention have the potential to change the course of HIV for individuals and communities. HIV testing is the point of entry to both HIV prevention and treatment services. In 2006, the CDC recommended that opt-out HIV screening become a routine part of medical care for persons aged 13-64 years, with more frequent testing for people at high risk.1 Opt-out screening can increase access to timely treatment and prevention by streamlining the testing process and removing stigma by routinely offering it to all patients. Although progress has been made in expanding access to HIV testing, testing rates remain low.2
The following resources can increase providers’ ability to support client access to HIV testing.
NOTE: This table contains web links external to PCDC. Resources marked with * were authored by PCDC.
1 CDC, (2006). Revised Recommendations for HIV testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings, Recommendations and Reports, United States, MMWR, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly reports. September 22, 2006/55 (RR14); 1-17.
2 Virginia A. Moyer, MD, MPH, on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, “Screening for HIV: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Statement, Ann Intern Med. 2013: 159:51-60, 2013
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