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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly one out of seven people living with HIV infection does not know he or she has the disease. It is estimated that these people are responsible for 40 percent of all new HIV infections. In order to fight the spread of HIV and increase awareness, the CDC recommends that universal HIV screening be performed in all health care settings.

All emergency department patients between the ages of 13 and 64 who have not received an HIV test at Eskenazi Health in the past year are eligible to be screened for HIV, regardless of risk. Certified HIV Prevention Counselors perform a rapid HIV screening in the Emergency Room using the INSTI test and deliver those results to patients before they leave.

Patients who receive an HIV-positive diagnosis are then linked to an infectious disease provider for follow-up care. This provider will help with medication, insurance and any  barriers to treatment. When treated, many people living with HIV can lead long, healthy lives.

In 2008, the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department HIV Program began providing free HIV screenings to its registered patients. Since then, it has performed more than 60,000 HIV tests and identified more than 150 new HIV infections. The program also receives support from the Marion County Public Health Department Ryan White Program and the Indiana State Department of Health to combat this disease.

For more information, please contact the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department HIV Program at 317.880.7990.

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