In recognition of the continued spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released revised guidelines for HIV testing in health care settings in 2006, calling for routine incorporation of HIV screening into clinical care. Grants to help achieve this were awarded to 30 jurisdictions in the United States, including Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Expanded HIV Testing Initiative (PEHTI) is a joint collaborative initiative between the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Penn State College of Medicine, while the Philadelphia Department of Health manages a separate Expanded HIV Testing Initiative within the Philadelphia juridistiction. PEHTI is a statewide effort and is currently working with community health clinics, emergency departments, correctional facilities, outpatient settings, and residency programs to expand HIV testing.
The primary objectives of the project are:
- expansion of HIV testing in clinical settings
- implementation of the current CDC guidelines for integration of HIV and related disease screening into routine clinical care services with a focus on communities highly impacted by HIV, particularly among African Americans and Hispanics.
Early detection is critical to HIV management and reduction of the virus spread. HIV testing saves lives.
We welcome you to browse the website for ways your facility can get involved in this joint effort to combat HIV/AIDS. For more information or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.