Routine Opt-Out HIV Testing, Physician’s Toolkit

Resources and References for HIV Testing in Health Care Settings In Delaware

HIV Screening. Standard Care. for Primary Care Providers

Because knowing one’s HIV status is vital to HIV prevention and treatment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Delaware Division of Public Health recommend routine opt-out HIV screening for everyone over age 13 in health care settings. This website provides information to health care providers on the status of Delaware law regarding routine opt-out HIV testing, as well as tools for implementing routine opt-out HIV testing in health care settings.

Testing is important for many reasons:

  • Over 1,000,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in the United States today.
  • 1 out of 5 (approximately 21%) people infected with HIV are unaware of their infection.
  • The 21% unaware of their status is estimated to cause approximately 53% of all new HIV infections.
  • People who learn they are HIV positive modify their behaviors to reduce the risk of HIV transmission.
  • Accessing medical care improves and extends the lives of those infected and reduces transmission.

The Delaware HIV Consortium’s Toolkit for Implementing Routine HIV Testing in Health Care Settings contains a wealth of information and resources for health care providers, including linkages to over 30 websites and PDF documents. The linkages may contain similar basic information, additional specific information, varying formats, and valuable resources for different purposes and situations.

To help navigate the toolkit, print this 4-page “Roadmap” for a brief summary of each linkage, its contents, and page length.