University of Alabama-Birmingham Emergency Department to Screen All Patients for HIV
June 13, 2011
The University of Alabama-Birmingham and some 25 other metro-area hospitals hope to reduce the number of new HIV infections by testing all patients treated in their emergency departments. The state Department of Public Health is providing a $1.6 million CDC grant to UAB over the next three years to help support the initiative.
Nurses will provide patients testing negative their results during normal discharge. A physician will provide private counseling for patients testing positive, and "our colleagues at the 1917 Clinic, UAB's home for HIV/AIDS care and treatment for 22 years, will link positive cases to long-term treatment and counseling services available at UAB or community-based organizations," Galbraith said.
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This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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