Point-of-care rapid testing is one of the strategies to increase HIV screening. We present data on over 14 years of the "EASY Test Program", an ongoing cross-sectional collaborative project that provides free and anonymous rapid HIV testing in the metropolitan city of Milan, Italy. Overall, 22,186 HIV tests were performed, with a 0.52% prevalence of HIV infection; 100% of those diagnosed with HIV were linked to care. The "EASY Test Program" is an appropriate test-and-treat strategy, allowing a fast HIV assessment (24 hours). Motivated clinicians, in partnership with community associations, can perform an easy HIV screening out of hospitals in alternative settings, among individuals who in the majority of cases had never tested for HIV, ultimately providing an effective linkage to care.

Early Diagnosis and Linkage to Care: an Experience over 14 years of Point of Care Rapid HIV Testing

Raccagni A. R.;Parisi M. R.;Castagna A.;Lazzarin A.
2022-01-01

Abstract

Point-of-care rapid testing is one of the strategies to increase HIV screening. We present data on over 14 years of the "EASY Test Program", an ongoing cross-sectional collaborative project that provides free and anonymous rapid HIV testing in the metropolitan city of Milan, Italy. Overall, 22,186 HIV tests were performed, with a 0.52% prevalence of HIV infection; 100% of those diagnosed with HIV were linked to care. The "EASY Test Program" is an appropriate test-and-treat strategy, allowing a fast HIV assessment (24 hours). Motivated clinicians, in partnership with community associations, can perform an easy HIV screening out of hospitals in alternative settings, among individuals who in the majority of cases had never tested for HIV, ultimately providing an effective linkage to care.
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HIV
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