AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange Highlights HIV Screening and Care
The April 10 issue of AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange features programs that promote and streamline access to HIV screening and to anal cancer screening for HIV-positive patients. One of the featured profiles describes State legislation that has led to more HIV testing and linking of HIV-positive patients to follow-up care. New York became the first state to require that hospitals and primary care providers offer an HIV test to all patients between the ages of 13 and 64. The law also streamlines the consent process, including allowing oral consent for rapid HIV testing. If the test is positive, providers must arrange an appointment for follow-up care, with the patient’s permission. The law also includes special provisions that make it easier to test in cases of potential occupational exposure and that clarify restrictions on information sharing. An evaluation of the law's impact found that it increased testing significantly throughout the state. The proportion of HIV-positive patients linked to follow-up care remained stable. Select to access more innovation profiles and tools related to HIV screening and care for HIV-positive patients on the Innovations Exchange Web site, which contains more than 775 searchable innovations and 1,525 Quality Tools.