HIV Testing in Health Centers - New Recommendations
This Program Assistance Letter (PAL) provides updated information and resources regarding the implementation of HIV testing in health centers. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) established a specific goal to increase the percentage of people living with HIV who are aware of their HIV infection from 79% to 90% by 2015. HIV-infected individuals unaware of their status do not receive antiretroviral medications and other life-extending HIV care and treatment. HIV-positive individuals who know their status, receive HIV care and treatment, and achieve viral suppression have better health outcomes and are less likely to transmit HIV to others.1, 2
HIV screening is essential to reducing new HIV infections and improving health outcomes for people living with HIV. Therefore, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) strongly encourages health centers to provide HIV screening in accordance with established guidelines.
1 USPSTF. Screening for HIV: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2013 Jul 2;159(1):51-60