Ryan White and HIV Testing Day

Ryan White and HIV Testing Day

June 1, 2017
HIV Testing Day

The proportion of HIV-infected individuals who know their status has improved in recent years, demonstrating progress toward the goal of expanded testing to reduce further transmission and link infected individuals to life-saving HIV/AIDS care. Being on treatment has the added value of serving as a prevention strategy as individuals whose virus is fully suppressed are highly unlikely to transmit infection to others.

HIV Testing Day is June 27. The 2018 theme is #DoingItMyWay, Testing for HIV.

Despite progress, gaps remain. According to CDC, 1 in 7 people living with HIV in the United States don’t know they are infected and thus are not benefiting from antiretroviral treatment. In 2015, about 40,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with HIV.

HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing Resources

Care agencies, including HIV/AIDS programs, have policy flexibility and technical resources to help them expand HIV testing in order to identify infected individuals and engage them in care. The need to do so remains great. See highlights below:

  • Routine HIV Testing the National Standard. In April 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued recommendations that assigned an “A” rating to routine HIV testing for all adolescents and adults ages 15 through 65. 
  • HRSA/HAB Policy Guidance. Ryan White agencies can turn to guidance from HRSA on use of Ryan White funds for HIV counseling of testing. Such guidance comes in the form of Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) for grant recipients along with Ryan White policies and letters. The latter include Use of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Funds for HIV Diagnostics and Laboratory Tests, 07-02 and a 2/25/13 HRSA/CDC letter clarifying testing and the timely linkage to care for individuals who have received an initial positive test result. 

HIV Testing Technical Resources

A good starting place to learn about HIV couseling and testing is CDC's HIV Testing page. Ryan White agencies can also find a wealth of resources on the TARGET Center’s HIV Counseling and Testing topic page to guide them in carrying out testing in the care setting. Highlights from the HIV counseling/testing collection include:

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