Voluntary HIV testing as part of routine medical care--Massachusetts, 2002

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2004 Jun 25;53(24):523-6.


In 2003, CDC released Advancing HIV Prevention: New Strategies for a Changing Epidemic. One of the four strategies of this initiative is to expand routine, voluntary human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing. This report describes the results of a state-funded program in Massachusetts that offered HIV counseling, testing, and referral (HIV CTR) to patients entering one of four hospital-associated urgent care centers. Among the 3,068 patients tested, the program identified an HIV seroprevalence of 2.0%. The findings underscore the effectiveness of routine HIV CTR in HIV case identification.

MeSH terms

  • AIDS Serodiagnosis*
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening*
  • Massachusetts / epidemiology
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Health Administration
  • Voluntary Programs*