More than 11,600 people in Indiana are living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Each year hundreds of new HIV infections are reported in Indiana. It is well-established that early identification and treatment of HIV infection is imperative. It not only benefits the person diagnosed but also has the potential to reduce the spread of HIV to others.
Eskenazi Health Center Routine HIV Screening
In 2015, Eskenazi Health Center sites implemented routine HIV screening at all locations. Staff members now recommend HIV screening to all patients between the ages of 13 and 64 who have not been screened in the past 12 months. The screening test involves an oral swab and does not require any blood to be drawn. Patients receive their results before they leave.