The Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center Screening (STD) Clinic and the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital Adult Emergency Department are participating in a federally funded initiative to expand access to HIV testing, especially in minority populations.
Funding for the project through the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago supports four Health Educators who offer rapid HIV testing to patients as part of routine medical care. The Health Educators obtain a blood specimen, perform point-of-care HIV testing, provide rapid test results to the patient, and link patients who test preliminary positive to care at the CORE Center. Specimens for confirmatory testing are obtained from all patients who receive a preliminary positive result.
Over 5,000 patients have been tested through these programs to date.