Nancy Aitcheson, MD, MSHP awarded Penn LDI Grant to Address the HIV Epidemic

Recent Philadelphia-wide data suggests that 11% of residents living with HIV are unaware of their diagnosis, and this group accounts for 39% of HIV transmission in the city. Currently, routine opt-out screening in hospital emergency departments is an underutilized strategy to diagnose these individuals and link them to care. This work will use “implementation mapping” to identify barriers and facilitators to routine, opt-out HIV testing. Included will be an implementation needs assessment and the development of related implementation strategies, protocols, and evaluations. Dr. Aitcheson is a 2021 graduate of the MSHP and CHIPS Fellowship Program.

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