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Despite Infectious Disease Outbreaks Linked to Opioid Crisis, Most Substance Abuse Facilities Don't Test for HIV or HCV

Article from Health Affairs by Asal Sayas, Stephanie McKay, Brian Honermann, Susan Blumenthal, Gregorio Millett, Austin Jones


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According to the writers at Health Affairs, "Diagnosing people with HIV and HCV is crucial to getting patients on treatment for these viruses and preventing their further transmission. Substance abuse facilities are a key opportunity to provide testing alongside medication assisted treatment (MAT) and other services. However, using federal data, in the recent Massachusetts outbreak, we identified only two of seven substance abuse services facilities in Lawrence as offering HIV testing services, while none of the three facilities in Lowell offered testing."

This article discusses the current availability of HIV and HCV testing across the United States.