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Thursday, November 29 • 10:00am - 11:30am
G-01 - The Quest to Test: How to Implement HIV Testing in Your Facility: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach

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In the US an estimated 20 % of people currently infected with HIV are unaware of their HIV status. The CDC has recommended HIV screening for patients aged 13-64 in healthcare settings since 2006, however uptake of these screening recommendations has been low, and many operational, organizational and technical barriers often need to be addressed to implement a successful routine screening program. The proposed workshop aims to give participants the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully negotiate barriers to testing including: buy in from key personnel, securing funding, training, testing, linking to care, and developing sustainable strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the potential barriers to implementing an HIV testing program.
  • Learn to negotiate the HIV testing barriers.
  • Identify key stakeholders involved in implementation of an HIV Testing program.


Sanjay Aroroa

Assistant Research Director Resea, Los Angles County Emergency Department
Dr. Sanjay Arora is the Assistant Research Director in the department of Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and is the director of medical student research. He completed his emergency medicine training at UCLA and served as chief... Read More →

Kathleen Jacobson,M.D.

Medical Director
Dr Kathleen Jacobson is the Medical Director of the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center at the University of Southern California (USC). She has 15 years’ experience implementing HIV care and testing programs including onsite clinical consultation for public and community... Read More →

Sonali Kulkarni,M.D.

Interim Medical Director, Department of HIV and STD Los Anglels County
Sonali Kulkarni, MD MPH, is the Acting Medical Director for HIV Services in the Division of HIV and STD Programs (DHSP) at the Los Angeles County (LAC) Department of Public Health, and an Adjunct Assistant Researcher in the UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services... Read More →

Kim Newton, M.D.

Assistant professor, Los Angleles County
Kim Newton is an assistant professor of emergency medicine. Her primary administrative role is associate medical director of the jail ER,but she also has She has a focus on teaching and education and has been involved with the HIV opt-out testing program since its inception in the... Read More →

Mike Menchine, M.D.

Associate Professor and Chair of the Research Committee, USC + Los Angleles County Emergency Department
Michael Menchine, M.D. is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Research Committee in the department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Southern California. His broad research interest is in strengthening continuity of care and health outcomes for patients with chronic conditions... Read More →

Stella Quan

Senior Health educator, Rand Schrader Clinic
Stella Quan is the Senior Health Educator at the Rand Schrader Health & Research Center at LAC+USC Medical Center. Ms. Quan oversees and coordinates the Rapid HIV Testing Program at the Rand Schrader Clinic, which provides free testing for community members who are at least 13 years... Read More →

Shira Schlesinger,M.D.

Resident Physcian, Los Angeles County Emergency Room
Shira Schlesinger is a resident physician at LAC+USC Medical Center. She has been working with at risk populations for nearly a decade. Her research interests include integration of public health interventions in the Emergency Department setting,

Thursday November 29, 2012 10:00am - 11:30am EST
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