HIV Resources for Providers

healthcare provider helping patientThe STD/HIV Program has developed activities and resources to assist health care providers in the public and private sectors to integrate routine HIV testing as a part of patient care. These activities will also help facilitate linkage to HIV specialty care for newly identified HIV infected patients, as well as discuss pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and help patients get it. 

Appropriate health care settings for implementation of routine HIV testing include:

  • Hospital emergency departments
  • Specialty care clinics (e.g., ob/gyn, TB)
  • Community clinics (e.g., homeless, substance abuse)
  • Inpatient care (e.g., labor and delivery)
  • Correctional health care facilities
  • Pediatric/prenatal care clinics
  • Other primary care settings

CDC Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults and Adolescents in Health Care Settings

The CDC estimates that 1 in 5 people infected with HIV are unaware that they are infected … and 54% of new sexually transmitted HIV infections in the US originate from HIV infected persons who are unaware of their infection.

CDC recommendations urge providers to include HIV testing as a routine part of health care for all patients 13 – 64 years of age regardless of their risk. Routine HIV testing ensures that:

  • More people learn about their HIV infection
  • Those who learn about their infection will benefit from earlier access to treatment
  • There is a reduction in the risk of further transmitting HIV to others

Please provide this information to the patient before testing. 

What do I do if the patient tests positive for HIV?
Disclose confirmed HIV positive result to patient. If you need disclosure assistance you may contact Darryl Lampkin, Supervisor, 650-573-3643.

HIV/AIDS is a reportable disease, as mandated by Title 17 California Code of Regulations (CCR).

Please complete the HIV/AIDS Case Report Form as thoroughly as possible.  Report by fax or mail within 7 working days.

Fax:     (650) 573-2919
Mail:    San Mateo County Health System
           Attn:  STD/HIV Program
           225 W. 37th Avenue
           San Mateo, CA  94403

- CDC National HIV/AIDS Hotline 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)
- AIDS/HIV Nightline 1-800-628-9240 or 415-434-AIDS (434-2437)
- HIV Health Info Line  1-800-822-7422 or 415-558-9051
- Women Alive  1-800-554-4876
- Crisis Management Hotline 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-784-2433

Staff Development/Presentation: STD/HIV Program personnel have developed and will conduct an onsite interactive presentation designed to enhance understanding of routine HIV testing in healthcare settings.  The presentation provides the following:

  • An overview of the CDC’s Recommendations for Routine HIV Testing in Healthcare Settings
  • Information and techniques to integrate HIV testing into a primary care visit
  • Review of  how to disclose HIV test results to patients
  • Resources and information for linkage and referral to HIV care as well as support services for HIV diagnosed patients

Technical Assistance: the goal of technical assistance is to build capacity of healthcare sites to effectively link HIV-positive patients to a continuum of care and services.

STD/HIV Program staff is available to conduct the following services onsite at healthcare sites:

  • Disclosure to HIV-positive patients
  • Linkage to and retention in HIV primary care
  • HIV prevention counseling and support
  • Partner counseling, testing, and referral services

For information about technical assistance services and/or to request a presentation or other assistance, contact Darryl Lampkin, Community Program Supervisor at 650-573-3643 or dlampkin@smcgov.org.

A list of resources, information, and hotlines useful to healthcare providers to assist with managing HIV testing, referral, and linkage to care for HIV-positive patients.