Provider in Action
Showcases innovative health care programs and passionate providers maximizing HIV testing opportunities
Check out the extraordinary efforts of Dr. Derrick Butler, in Los Angeles, and amazing work happening at the Adolescent AIDS Program, in the Bronx
Testing, delivering results, and linking to care: A Q&A with Derrick Butler, M.D.
" I'd rather tell someone he or she has HIV than that he or she has cancer," said Dr. Derrick Butler, director of the HIV program at T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Clinic, Inc., in Los Angeles, California. "I know after that I have something better to tell them. HIV is serious, but it doesn't have to be and should not be terminal."
AIDS program makes routine HIV testing the norm.
In response to the New York State law that requires health care providers to offer HIV testing to all patients ages 13 through 64 in any health setting, the Bronx-based Adolescent AIDS Program (AAP) expanded its longstanding work promoting streamlined routine testing as a program that serves as a local and national resource for providers, young people living with HIV/AIDS, and those at risk for HIV infection. The AAP has worked to develop better ways to test and link these youth to care. A decade ago, the AAP created and tested ACTS (Advise, Consent, Test, Support), a streamlined approach to HIV counseling and testing that is relevant across the age span.