HIV Testing Tag

An urgent care center in Los Angeles is offering to check qualified patients for sexually transmitted disease at no cost. The plan is part of Vermont Urgent Care’s goal to expand their offerings to include sexual health services—but it’s also a great way to introduce themselves to patients who may not have visited the clinic before. Urgent care centers, in general, have become popular among patients who think they may need to get checked for STDs, but may be embarrassed to go to their usual providers. (The current issue ofRead More
Urgent Message: To enable early detection and treatment to help curb future transmissions, CDC guidelines recommend HIV testing be available for patients in all healthcare settings, including urgent care centers. HIV testing can be a practical, profitable, public health service for urgent care centers. Many patients, especially millennials, rely on urgent care as their “provider of first choice.” These are patients who are generally healthy and have no chronic conditions requiring long-term management, but who do need someplace to go when the occasional illness or injury strikes. In addition, theseRead More

Posted On December 14, 2016By Stuart WilliamsIn Clinical

Original Research: HIV Screening in the Urgent Care Setting

Urgent message: Increasingly, Americans do not know their human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) serostatus. Implementing rapid HIV testing can allow your center to play a key role in identifying new cases of HIV and linking patients to care. Abstract Background: Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that an increasing number of Americans do not know their human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) serostatus. The CDC recommends routine screening for all patients 13 to 64 years of age, in all health-care settings. Objective: A pilot study was developed toRead More