Detecting unsuspected HIV infection with a rapid whole-blood HIV test in an urban Emergency Department

Study evaluates and compares HIV screening and provider referred diagnostic testing as strategies for detecting undiagnosed HIV infection in an urban emergency department (ED). Concludes that ED screening detects HIV infection and links to care patients who may not be tested through risk- or symptom-based strategies. The diagnostic yield was higher among provider-referred patients, but screening detected patients earlier in the course of disease.

  • Source: Lyss S; Branson B; Kroc K; Couture E; Newman D; Weinstein R

 

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