Referrals and HIV Testing Information
Twenty years ago the idea of creating a comprehensive, community-based health care
center for people with HIV/AIDS was innovative and daring. Today, the Ryan White program
model of treatment has been so successful that it has become a benchmark in long-term
HIV care. And the UTMC Ryan White program is proud to be a part of this federally
funded system for comprehensive HIV care.
What is so special about the Ryan White program approach? Simply put, at the UTMC Ryan White program consumers receive a comprehensive range of cutting-edge medical care and support services conveniently located under one roof.
The UTMC staff members provide a wealth of knowledge and experience about HIV Care. We offer an array of medical, prevention, and social services, making it easier for patients and clients to receive the complete care they need.
From the initial intake interview visit the UTMC Ryan White program provides complete, care for people living with HIV - all in a supportive, healing environment, and all under one roof.
HIV Testing Information for Physicians
HIV testing is the gateway to HIV care - and early detection has never been more critical.
The widespread use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has decreased mortality
by 70 percent, and has improved the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Additionally, since the 1980s, the demographics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States have changed, shifting into previously "low risk" populations. Therefore, so-called "risk-based" testing has become a less effective way of identifying HIV positive people.
New research also indicates that the stigma associated with testing that requires assessment of risk behaviors prevents individuals from seeking testing. More patients agree to HIV testing when it is recommended by their doctor, and offered without a risk assessment.
Therefore, in September 2006, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued revised recommendations for routine HIV screening in all healthcare settings in the United States. These new CDC guidelines abandon the previous risk-based approach and reframe HIV testing as
a broader public health issue.
As experts in the field, we can help primary care and specialty practices understand how the CDC guidelines for universal HIV testing may affect their practices - and how routine HIV screening can benefit their patients. Please feel free to contact our Ryan White Program Coordinator Mary Bowles at (419) 383-6113or or Test Site Coordinator Michelle Coutcher at (419) 383-4368.
To refer a patient in your practice who would benefit from the UTMC Ryan White Multidisciplinary Clinic, please call Stacey Leonard, RN at (419) 383-6843.