This new segment of the Act Against AIDS, HIV Screening. Standard Care. campaign is tailored to help medical providers improve HIV outcomes among African American and Hispanic/Latino patients by making HIV testing and linking to care the clinical standard.
Routine HIV screening is critically important for these populations. Of the more than 1.2 million people in the United States estimated to be living with HIV, approximately 14% are unaware of their HIV status. African Americans represent approximately 12% of the U.S. population, but account for 47% of diagnoses. Hispanics/Latinos represent 16% of the U.S. population, but account for 21% of HIV diagnoses.
Patients diagnosed through routine HIV screening can:
- Benefit from clinical care and HIV treatment, which have been proven to reduce morbidity and mortality
- Avoid unintentionally transmitting HIV to others
HIV crosses the boundaries of sexual orientation, gender, age, and ethnicity. Risk-based testing has failed to identify many people with HIV. CDC recommends HIV screening for everyone in all health care settings. This new segment of HIV Screening. Standard Care. offers tailored materials and information to help providers improve HIV outcomes among African American and Hispanic/Latino patients.
Personal accounts from the front lines on issues related to routine testing and linking to care.
Providers in Action
Showcases innovative health care programs and passionate providers maximizing HIV testing opportunities.
HIV Testing Recommendations
The CDC developed HIV testing recommendations for all health care providers who practice in settings where diagnostic and screening tests are performed.
Enhancing HIV Screening and Linkage to Care for Black and Latino/Hispanic Patients
In this continuing education opportunity, experts discuss the HIV epidemic and its effect on the Black and Latino/Hispanic communities.
Moderator: Dr. David Malebranche
Faculty: Dr. Wilbert Jordan, Dr. Celia Maxwell, Dr. Ligia Peralta
The program is available at Medscape through August 23, 2014. Sign-in and account are required. Medscape registration is free and participants can earn 1 CME/CNE credit/contact hour
- Page last reviewed: April 20, 2016
- Page last updated: April 20, 2016
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