HIV Issues
Routine HIV Testing of Inmates at Intake Can Diagnose at-risk Groups Earlier
Jun 21, 2013 - 1:38:36 PM

( - Voluntary HIV screening in jails as part of routine intake evaluations could identify new infections in at-risk populations and lead to earlier medical care, say public health researchers at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Between January 1, 2011 and March 15, 2012 the jail integrated a voluntary, rapid HIV screening project into its medical intake process, working with the Emory and CDC researchers. As a result, 12,141 HIV tests were conducted for those not indicating a previous HIV diagnosis, and 52 newly diagnosed HIV infections were identified.

Complete results from the project are published in the CDC's June 20, 2013 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

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