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Using HIV Testing History to Measure the Success of HIV Partner Services

Chen, Miao-Jung PhD, MPH*; Pipkin, Sharon MPH*; Marcus, Julia L. MPH; Bernstein, Kyle T. PhD, ScM; Scheer, Susan PhD, MPH*

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: May 2013 - Volume 40 - Issue 5 - p 419–421
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e318283bfcb

We use HIV testing history of persons newly diagnosed with HIV through HIV partner services to identify persons who might not otherwise have tested. Seventeen percent had never been tested, 44% had not been tested in the previous 2 years, and none had been tested routinely. These data demonstrate that HIV partner services were successful in reaching persons who may not have initiated testing without this service.

The testing history of persons tested HIV positive after receipt of HIV partner services in San Francisco indicates that the services were successful in reaching persons who had not been tested routinely.

From the *HIV Epidemiology Section; and †STD Prevention and Control Services, San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA

The authors thank Dr Sandra Schwarcz for her critical review of the manuscript.

Supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cooperative Agreement Number 3U62PS001000-05, Core and Incidence HIV Surveillance.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Miao-Jung Chen, PhD, MPH, San Francisco Department of Public Health, 25 Van Ness Ave, Suite 500 San Francisco, CA 94102. E-mail:

Received for publication September 21, 2012, and accepted December 18, 2012.

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