Black women and older women were more likely to have HIV-positive tests and new diagnosis among all women receiving CDC-funded HIV testing, with black women disproportionately affected. This according to a study of CDC-funded testing events in 2014, with 1,484,902 (48.7%) among women. Differences across demographic characteristics for HIV diagnosis, linkage, and referral services were assessed. Researchers found:
• Among women tested, 0.4% were HIV positive; 0.1% had new HIV diagnosis.
• Women aged ≥40 years and black women were more likely to test HIV positive (0.7% and 0.5%, respectively).
• 62.8% of newly diagnosed women were linked within any timeframe, 57.1% were linked within 90 days, 74.1% were referred to partner services, 57.5% were interviewed for partner services, and 55% were referred to HIV risk reduction services.
Citation: Seth P, Figueroa A, Wang G. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded human immunodeficiency virus testing, positivity, and service delivery among newly diagnosed women in 61 health department jurisdictions, United States, 2014 . [Published online ahead of print July 11, 2016]. Women's Health Issues. doi:10.1016/j.whi.2016.05.011.
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