In 2018, the Central Health Equity Policy Council kicked off its third initiative, which centered around implementing an HIV screening opt-out policy at safety-net provider clinics in Travis County. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends testing all health care patients for HIV––regardless of their reported risk behaviors––using an “opt–out” approach in which patients are informed that an HIV test will be conducted unless they explicitly decline to be tested.
The Council worked with the following providers to successfully adopt, implement, or strengthen the screening policy:
- St. David’s South Austin Medical Center
- El Buen Samaritano
- People’s Community Clinic
The coalition also partnered with the University of Texas LBJ students who created an algorithm that determines the cost of screening for healthcare systems, how many more years of life are saved by the additional screening and quality of life-years adjusted. Click here to download the report.
HIV Calculator coming soon: The HIV calculator will generate estimates of life years gained, quality-adjusted life years (QALY’s) gained, costs, and new cases of HIV diagnosed comparing an opt-out screening for timeframes of 1 year, 3 years, and 5 years.