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Kansas: Local Health Departments Fret Cutbacks in HIV Testing

January 28, 2013

In late November, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) sent letters to many of the state's medium and small counties announcing that KDHE will stop analyzing HIV tests and providing rapid or oral tests to these counties' local health departments by January 1, 2013. In the past, 40 local health departments received the free services. Ralph Wilmoth, director of KDHE's HIV/AIDS program, says that number has been trimmed to 10. KDHE gave the counties five weeks to make alternate arrangements, and encouraged county agencies to continue to provide HIV testing. After January 1, the affected counties or their clients will pay the costs through public assistance programs, insurance, or their own money. The letter also included some cost-comparison information to help the local departments shop for lab work, testing materials, and other program necessities.

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