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HIV testing at visits to US emergency departments: 2021 update
  1. Carson Clay1,2,
  2. Brian Christopher Kuglen3,
  3. Christopher Lee Bennett2
  1. 1NYU Grossman School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA
  2. 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California, USA
  3. 3Department of Epidemiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Christopher Lee Bennett, Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California, USA; cleebennett{at}stanford.edu

Abstract

In this updated cross-sectional analysis of the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, we found that among the 2.5 million more weighted emergency department (ED) visits in 2021 compared with 2020, there was an insignificant increase in HIV testing per ED visit in 2021 compared with 2020 (0.81% to 0.86%). This suggests HIV testing during ED visits did not increase in line with rebounding visit volumes after the pandemic nadir.

  • HIV
  • diagnostic screening programs
  • public health

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Footnotes

  • Handling editor Anna Maria Geretti

  • Contributors CC, BCK and CLB had full access to all the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. Concept and design: CC and BCK. Acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data: all authors. Drafting of the manuscript: all authors. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: all authors. Statistical analysis: CC and BCK. Administrative, technical or material support: all authors.

  • Funding CLB reports support through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (KL2TR003143) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (L30AI178800).

  • Competing interests None declared.

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