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Report Examines Rapid HIV Testing for Those Experiencing Homelessness

National Health Care for the Homeless Council (HCH)

On April 2015, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council released a report entitled, Homeless Care Providers and Rapid HIV Testing, which examines HIV testing practices at 146 homeless health care providers. It explores respondents’ perceptions related to routine and rapid HIV testing and identifies best practices for offering rapid HIV testing to all health care and homeless patients. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all health care providers should offer patients ages 13 and older optional HIV testing screening during their doctor visit. In addition, “health-care providers should initiate screening unless prevalence of undiagnosed HIV infection in their patients has been documented to be <0.1%.”

The report highlights that the majority of respondents informed their patients about HIV testing opportunities within their organization, but a lack of resources hindered some providers from providing on-site routine and rapid HIV testing.

Click here to read the report.



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