Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Letter from CDC About Home Access HIV-1 Test Project

Dear Grantee:

I am writing to inform you about a new, national at-home HIV testing initiative, due to launch in the next 3 months. The at-home testing effort is part of the Scaling-up HIV Testing among African American and Hispanic men who have sex with men (MSM): MSM Testing Initiative (MTI), an HIV testing project funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administered by Abt Associates that launched in September 2011.

The at-home testing component is one of several MTI testing strategies intended to identify 3,000 new HIV-positive individuals among men who have sex with men (MSM) and link them to care. Men interested in testing for HIV at home will order a home HIV test kit at www.itestathome.cdc.gov. The test they will receive is the Food and Drug Administration-approved Home Access HIV -1 Test system.

The at-home testing option will be offered to eligible individuals through recruitment cards distributed by MTI partners and advertisement on Facebook. This initiative is meant to provide an option to individuals who do not attend or are unwilling to test at a clinic or community testing event.

Recognizing that health departments are a trusted community resource for information and that individuals may contact their local health department with questions about the at-home testing recruitment cards or advertisements, we wanted to inform you about the initiative. A list of FAQs with this letter was developed to provide clarification about this effort. Please distribute as appropriate to HIV program managers, prevention partners, and health-care providers.

For questions or to receive additional information, contact Dr. Luke Shouse at Rshouse@cdc.govor 404-639-4678.

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