Research: HIV testing in ERs, at events benefits patients

06/22/2007 | Forbes

Offering HIV testing in emergency rooms and gay pride events could make a big difference in diagnosing and helping people who are HIV-positive get access to health care, according to two new studies. Researchers who put HIV screening facilities in ERs for about 14 months found that 1% received a preliminary positive result for HIV infection and 88% of those identified as HIV-positive were linked to proper care. The second study found that among 133 people at a gay pride event who agreed to be tested, 6%, or eight men, were HIV-positive.

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