HIV Screening in Hospital EDs Might Be More Cost Effective Than Other Screening Methods, Study Finds
May 18, 2007
Conducting routine HIV tests in hospital emergency departments was shown to be cost effective and "welcomed" by many patients, according to a study conducted by researchers at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, HealthDay News/Washington Post reports. For the study, Jeremy Brown, research director at GWU's emergency medicine department, and colleagues offered rapid HIV tests to 4,000 ED patients, 2,500 of whom agreed to be tested. The study found that 1% of the patients who agreed to be tested, or 26 people, had preliminary positive results for HIV.
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