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Pilot programme using social network interviews to screen high-risk adolescents and young adults
  1. Michiyo Yamazaki1,
  2. Jamie Rogers2,
  3. Shang-En Chung1,
  4. Jonathan Ellen1
  1. 1The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  2. 2The Johns Hopkins Harriet Lane/Intensive Primary Care Clinic, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michiyo Yamazaki, 5200 Eastern Ave. Suite 4200, Baltimore, MD 21224, USA; myamaza1{at}jhmi.edu

Abstract

Objective To describe a pilot programme that consisted of identifying, contacting and providing HIV testing to members of social and sexual networks of HIV-infected youth patients as a part of routine clinical care at an adolescent HIV clinic in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Methods Forty-nine sexually active HIV-infected adolescent patients were interviewed about their social and sexual contacts at a routine HIV clinic visit. A trained community health worker located these referred social and sexual contacts, and encouraged them to make an appointment for HIV counselling, testing and referral (CTR) services.

Results During a period of 18 months, 26 index youths provided locating information on 53 first-generation contacts and these 53 contacts provided information on 16 second-generation contacts. A total of 32 contacts received counselling services and 25 were tested for HIV infection, yielding three new HIV-positive individuals.

Conclusion As a part of standard care for regular visits of HIV-infected youth patients, interviewing about their social and sexual contacts could be a viable strategy in identifying high-risk youths for HIV infection and subsequent CTR services.

  • Adolescent
  • HIV testing
  • intervention studies
  • referral
  • STD clinic

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Footnotes

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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