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Results of a Social Network Testing Intervention for HIV in Infectious Disease Clinics

AIDS and Behavior
Anna LeViere, Jenna Donovan, Aimee Wilkin, Jennifer Keller, Heather Parnell, Lynne Sampson, Cynthia L. Gay, Evelyn Byrd Quinlivan


Social networks can be leveraged to identify undiagnosed HIV-infected individuals. The NC-LINK clinic-based testing initiative utilized these networks to achieve a 5% (95% CI 1.1–8.9%) positivity rate by providing free HIV testing to anyone who accompanied an HIV-infected patient to their clinic appointment. During 2013–2015, 120 individuals were tested at two clinics (N > 1000 patients each) in North Carolina, with 5 new and 6 total positive results. Of these, three linked to care within 30 days and all within 365 days. If expanded further, this initiative could significantly increase the number of HIV-infected individuals aware of their status.

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