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Association Between Rates of HIV Testing and Elimination of Written Consents in San Francisco

Nicola M. Zetola, MD; Jeffrey D. Klausner, MD, MPH; Barbara Haller, MD, PhD; Patricia Nassos, PhD; Mitchell H. Katz, MD
JAMA. 2007;297(10):1057-1062. doi:10.1001/jama.297.10.1061.
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Figure. Mean Rate of HIV Tests per 1000 Patient-Visits in Persons Aged 18 Years or Older (December 2003-December 2006), San Francisco Department of Public Health Medical Care System
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Requirement for written consent for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing was eliminated in May 2006. The data points represent the number of HIV tests per 1000 patient-visits per month, solid lines represent the testing trend before and after the change in policy, and the dotted line represents the expected trend in HIV testing if the policy had not changed. Dashed lines indicate 95% confidence intervals for the HIV testing trend before and after the policy change. P<.001 for observed vs expected trend.

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