Staff Perceptions and Barriers to ED Based HIV Testing in an Urban Academic ED

Fredric M. Hustey, Michael P. Phelan, Sharon O'keefe, Tracy M. Barbour


In 2003, the CDC estimated that 1 million people in the USA were living with HIV/AIDS, and 25% were undiagnosed. For many such patients the ED may be the only contact with the health care system. We surveyed ED staff to evaluate attitudes and barriers towards ED based HIV testing. We found that in spite of recent CDC recommendations for HIV testing in high risk ED patients, there are still significant barriers to acceptance among ED health care providers.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *