HIV Testing of At Risk Patients in a Large Integrated Health Care System

  title={HIV Testing of At Risk Patients in a Large Integrated Health Care System},
  author={Douglas K. Owens and Vandana Sundaram and Laura C Lazzeroni and Lena R. Douglass and Patricia Tempio and Mark Holodniy and Gillian D. Sanders and Vera M. Shadle and Valerie C. McWhorter and Teodora Agoncillo and Noreen Haren and Darlene Chavis and Leila H. Borowsky and Elizabeth M. Yano and Peter Hobolt Jensen and Michael S. Simberkoff and Samuel A. Bozzette},
  journal={Journal of General Internal Medicine},
  pages={315 - 320}
Early identification of HIV infection is critical for patients to receive life-prolonging treatment and risk-reduction counseling. Understanding HIV screening practices and barriers to HIV testing is an important prelude to designing successful HIV screening programs. Our objective was to evaluate current practice patterns for identification of HIV. We used a retrospective cohort analysis of 13,991 at-risk patients seen at 4 large Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health-care systems. We also… CONTINUE READING

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