Emma M Simmons

Learn More
Approximately one-quarter of a million persons in the United States who are infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) do not know it. To decrease the number of such persons, primary care providers should make HIV testing a routine component of health care. HIV testing should also be offered routinely in other settings, such as emergency departments,(More)
PURPOSE Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a preventable disease that can have improved outcomes with early diagnosis and treatment. The CDC recommends that HIV testing be incorporated into clinical settings as part of routine medical care. METHODS Individual, open-ended interviews were conducted with primary care providers and administrators to obtain(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine the current practices of family practice (FP) providers and their allied staff with regard to routine HIV testing in Rhode Island (RI) and Mississippi (MS). Anonymous experimenter-derived surveys were mailed to both groups of providers in 2002. The questionnaire contained five questions about their current practices(More)
PURPOSE Routine HIV testing on college campuses has the potential to increase students' awareness of their HIV status. Testing targeted only at persons reporting HIV risk behaviors will not identify infected persons who may deny or be unaware of their risk. Thus, this study sought to investigate the acceptability of rapid HIV testing among African-American(More)
The Miriam Hospital, Brown Medical School, and Jackson State University developed a joint training program for predoctoral, Black psychology students under the auspices of a training grant funded by the National Institutes of Health. The students in the program at Jackson State University had unlimited access to the clinical research resources and mentoring(More)
Uptake of genetic testing is higher among racial majority versus minority patients for reasons that remain unclear. Primary care physicians represent the front line of screening for inherited cancer risk. We surveyed family physicians enrolled in the Massachusetts Practice Based Research Network to assess whether their attitudes about cancer-predictive(More)
PURPOSE To determine attitudes of patients towards routine HIV testing in the primary care setting. METHODS Cross-sectional survey on the risk factors, beliefs, attitudes and knowledge of HIV/AIDS administered to 101 individuals present in urban primary care clinics in Providence, RI. RESULTS Previous HIV testing was done most frequently for those(More)
PURPOSE We investigated whether risk-related feedback delivered by one's primary care physician is associated with self-ratings of risk among women found to have a first-degree family history of breast cancer on office screening questionnaires. METHODS DESIGN Mailed survey of women registered with the Cancer Genetics Network having a first-degree(More)