Testing for HIV Along With COVID-19 Could Lead to Earlier Diagnosis

Testing for HIV Along With COVID-19 Could Lead to Earlier Diagnosis

Meanwhile, emergency departments that did not tie the two tests together saw their HIV testing rates drop by 49%. Stanford and colleagues took data on HIV testing and rates of HIV diagnoses at the earliest stages of infection (so-called acute HIV infection) for the four years before 2020 and then from January to October 2020 to see how HIV testing rates fared at centers committed to early HIV diagnosis and rapid connection to care. But at the UCM emergency department, where they’d set up a COVID-19 testing area that included phlebotomy services for HIV antibody/antigen testing, the number of HIV tests didn’t dip. Meanwhile, emergency departments that didn’t incorporate HIV testing into their COVID-19 testing services saw diagnoses of newly acquired HIV drop by 25%. “The COVID-19 pandemic is superimposed on the HIV pandemic, jeopardizing progress toward HIV elimination.

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