The development and programmatic evaluation of a comprehensive, routine, opt-out HIV rapid testing, sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening, and Hepatitis B vaccination initiative within a large county jail facility was studied. Key outcomes included: 1) number of persons screened for HIV with a rapid HIV screening test, STIs (e.g., Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia), Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C; and, 2) number and percent of persons diagnosed with HIV, STI, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C-positive.
Integrating rapid HIV screening into the medical intake process in jails may be an effective strategy to reach persons with HIV who may not seek HIV testing services in the community. The project received a 1-year no-cost extension and program data are currently being analyzed.
Report Title: Jail-based Integration of HIV/STI/Hepatitis screening, Hepatitis B vaccination, and Linkage to Care and Treatment (PN1468)
Agency Sponsor: CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal Contact: Robin MacGowan, 404-639-1920
Performer: Prevention Research Branch
Record ID: 9582 (Report issued August 31, 2011)