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Benefits of HIV Testing
The benefits of routine HIV testing are numerous. Everyone should ask for the test if it is not routinely offered.

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TEST AZ is a collaboration between many agencies and departments.

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Tools and Resources Developing HIV testing as a standard of care requires tools and resources. 

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News and Events
Using a wide range of media styles and targeting different audiences is an effective way to develop support for HIV testing programs.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Implementing new procedures usually begins with more questions than answers.

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Labor and Delivery
Long before we began HIV testing in our Emergency Department, we implemented rapid testing in our Labor and Delivery Department. 

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FOCUS Grant Launches Hepatitis C Testing
MIHS was awarded funding by Gilead Sciences to implement routine, opt-out Hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening and testing in the Maricopa Medical Center Adult Emergency Department (ED).

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In 2011 Emergency Medicine expanded on these services by offering TEST AZ an HIV counseling, testing and referral services to ER patients. These services are specially focused on patients being treated for sexually transmitted infections and other high risk conditions.  The initiative is built on four major concepts:

  • Test – Screen ED patients for HIV unless the patient declines testing.
  • Educate – Teach patients, staff, and the wider community about the benefits of routine HIV screening.
  • Support – Assist newly diagnosed patients by providing compassionate and timely health care.
  • Treat – Link newly diagnosed patients into HIV care and support them as they begin taking medications.

These four concepts provide the foundation for our HIV screening initiative.  The earlier a patient is diagnosed, linked to care and begins taking anti-retroviral medications, the better his or her long-term health will be.  An HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence.  With proper care and treatment, people with HIV can and do live long, healthy and productive lives.


Funded by the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease, Office of HIV Prevention of the Arizona Department of Health Services through the HIV Prevention Program Cooperative Agreement.  Funds are provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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