District of Columbia: Jail Testing Finds 20 New HIV Cases in First Month
July 25, 2006
An HIV testing program begun last month in the D.C. jail has found that 4.4 percent of the 1,264 people screened so far are HIV-positive, correctional officials said Monday. Of the 20 new cases diagnosed, one-third were unaware they were infected. The incidence of new cases so far in July has been higher, said Debra Rowe of the city's Administration for HIV Policy and Programs. Under the program, rapid-result oral HIV testing is administered to inmates upon intake or release. The effort is part of a citywide initiative to make HIV screening a routine part of medical visits for most district residents.
07.25.06; Susan Levine
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.