What is included in the follow-up in patients with a positive rapid HIV testing result?

Updated: Feb 04, 2019
  • Author: Jacob D Isserman, MD; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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HIV-positive patients should be referred for confirmatory testing and further outpatient treatment as needed. If acute HIV infection is suspected, send a specimen for HIV RNA viral load testing or recommend a repeat HIV test in 4-8 weeks.

Do not discharge patients with newly diagnosed HIV infection without proper follow-up for testing or treatment. Make sure follow-up care has been arranged for patients prior to initiating an HIV screening program.


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