The link between sexually transmitted disease clinics and HIV counseling and testing centers: Who is not getting referred?

S. K. Pope, J. S. Koopman, D. Ostrow, Jill G Joseph, D. Fletcher, G. Prokopowicz, JoAnne E Natale

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Abstract

A total of 236 clients attending human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) counseling and testing (C and T) centers and sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics were interviewed to evaluate who is being reached by C and T services and if STD clients are being referred to HIV C and T centers. Respondents receiving HIV C and T reported significantly more sexual risk based on characteristics of their partners, whereas STD clinics respondents more frequently reported previous STD diagnoses and sex with prostitutes. Over 50% of the high-risk individuals attending STD clinics were not referred to HIV C and T centers. The differences in perceived risk of current and future infection between STD and HIV C and T centers and the low referral rates of high-risk individuals for HIV C and T indicate a need for increased education efforts, more effective risk-assessment policies in STD clinics, and a tightening of the link between STD clinics and HIV C and T centers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-226
Number of pages8
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume4
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Education

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