Missed Opportunities for HIV Diagnosis

Downing, Asia and Garcia-Diaz, Julia B. (2016) Missed Opportunities for HIV Diagnosis. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, 16 1: 14-17. doi:10.1177/2325957416661423

Author Downing, Asia
Garcia-Diaz, Julia B.
Title Missed Opportunities for HIV Diagnosis
Journal name Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2325-9582
Publication date 2016-08-05
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/2325957416661423
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 14
End page 17
Total pages 4
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract It has been previously shown that patients may present for multiple health issues in the years preceding their initial HIV diagnosis. This retrospective cohort study analyzed the data of patients with a new HIV diagnosis, at Ochsner Health System between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2012. The primary end point was missed opportunities, the number of healthcare visits these patients made in the 2 years prior to being diagnosed with HIV. The 125 patients in the study cohort had 649 healthcare visits during which an HIV test was not performed. These missed opportunities are the key to capturing the undiagnosed and unaware HIV-positive individual. Primary care is an ideal setting to conduct HIV testing for those who have access to regular health care. However, nontraditional providers should also be encouraged to conduct HIV testing regardless of their ability to provide treatment because evidence shows that knowledge of the diagnosis may change behavior.
Keyword AIDS
cost of illness
delayed diagnoses
health services accessibility
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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