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AIDS. 2004 Nov 5;18(16):2208-10.

Comparison of point-of-care rapid HIV testing in three clinical venues.

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The Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, 2020 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL, USA.


Rapid HIV testing with same-visit results should increase the number of individuals who know they are HIV infected. We assessed the acceptability and feasibility of point-of-care rapid testing in three public venues, a sexually transmitted disease clinic, a county jail, and an emergency department. Over 98% of all participants received their results, and 82% of newly identified HIV-positive participants entered care. Point-of-care rapid testing was feasible, acceptable, and may improve entry into care.

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