HIV Testing Project Discovers 18,000 New Cases
June 24, 2011
A CDC initiative to expand HIV testing and link those infected to care resulted in more than 18,000 new diagnoses, the agency reported Thursday. Launched in 2007, the three-year, $111 million Expanded HIV Testing Initiative operated in 25 jurisdictions with high HIV prevalence. Health departments chosen as EHTI partners were required to target at least 80 percent of efforts on opt-out HIV screening in high-morbidity clinical settings; they had the option of directing up to 20 percent of efforts toward innovative testing programs for high-risk populations, such a social networking approaches for men who have sex with men (MSM).
Clinical settings comprised at least 75 percent of testing venues and 90 percent of all tests. About 30 percent were emergency departments, 21 percent STD clinics, and 17 percent community health centers. Community-based organizations conducted about 10 percent of tests, and their rate of positivity was about twice that found in medical settings.
06.24.2011; David Brown
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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