Self-Reported HIV and HCV Screening Rates and Serostatus Among Substance Abuse Treatment Patients

Diana Hernández, Daniel J Feaster, Lauren Gooden, Antoine Douaihy, Raul Mandler, Sarah J. Erickson, Tiffany Kyle, Louise Haynes, Robert Schwartz, Moupali Das, Lisa Metsch

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Substance users are at increased risk for HIV and HCV infection. Still, many substance use treatment programs (SUTP) fail to offer HIV/HCV testing. The present secondary analysis of screening data from a multi-site randomized trial of rapid HIV testing examines self-reported HIV/HCV testing patterns and serostatus of 2473 SUTP patients in 12 community-based sites that had not previously offered on-site testing. Results indicate that most respondents screened for the randomized trial tested more than a year prior to intake for HIV (52 %) and HCV (38 %). Prevalence rates were 3.6 and 30 % for HIV and HCV, respectively. The majority of participants that were HIV (52.2 %) and HCV-positive (40.5 %) reported having been diagnosed within the last 1–5 years. Multivariable logistic regression showed that members of high-risk groups were more likely to have tested. Bundled HIV/HCV testing and linkage to care issues are recommended for expanding testing in community-based SUTP settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-214
Number of pages11
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016



  • Community based substance abuse treatment programs
  • HIV/HCV sceening and serostatus
  • HIV/HCV testing and linkage to care
  • Substance abuse treatment patients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Social Psychology

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Hernández, D., Feaster, D. J., Gooden, L., Douaihy, A., Mandler, R., Erickson, S. J., Kyle, T., Haynes, L., Schwartz, R., Das, M., & Metsch, L. (2016). Self-Reported HIV and HCV Screening Rates and Serostatus Among Substance Abuse Treatment Patients. AIDS and Behavior, 20(1), 204-214.