Rapid HIV Screening in an Urban Jail: How Testing at Exit With Linkage to Community Care Can Address Perceived Barriers

@article{Simonsen2015RapidHS,
  title={Rapid HIV Screening in an Urban Jail: How Testing at Exit With Linkage to Community Care Can Address Perceived Barriers},
  author={Kari A. Simonsen and Raees A. Shaikh and Mary Earley and Mark Foxall and Cole Boyle and K. M. Monirul Islam and Heather Younger and Uriel S Sandkovsky and Elizabeth A. Berthold and Ruth S. Margalit},
  journal={The Journal of Primary Prevention},
  year={2015},
  volume={36},
  pages={427-432}
}
Despite recommendations from the CDC, only 36 % of jails offer routine HIV screening to inmates. Our purpose was to explore the feasibility of rapid HIV testing at release from an urban jail, and to identify potential barriers to this process. This project was incorporated into an established partnership between the jail, local academic medical center, and local public health department. We offered rapid HIV testing at the time of release to 507 jail inmates over a 7 week period of 2013. Three… CONTINUE READING

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