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CDPH Identifies Opportunities to Increase HIV, Hepatitis C, and STD Testing

For CMOs, CNOs, emergency department directors, quality and patient safety staff

The California Department of Public Health Office of AIDS and STD Control Branch have released a Dear Colleague letter that identifies opportunities to increase testing for HIV, hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically, two strategies are described. First, expand routine testing for HIV, hepatitis C, and syphilis when people seek in-person care in emergency departments and urgent care clinics. And second, when in-person HIV, hepatitis C, and STD testing options become limited, increase the use of self-testing and home specimen collection for these conditions.