Optimizando el acceso oportuno al test de ELISA para el diagnóstico del VIH: Recomendaciones desde los usuarios y profesionales de la Atención Primaria de Salud

Translated title of the contribution: Recommendations of health care users and professionals to achieve a timely access to HIV diagnosis

Alejandra Ximena Araya, María Teresa Urrutia, Paula Vega, Miriam Rubio, Paola Carrasco, Carlos Pérez C., Ana María Fernández, Marianela Obregón, Francisco Arancibia, Martin Lasso B.

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Abstract

Background: Early HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) diagnosis optimizes therapies aimed at reducing viral load, increasing survival, lowering health costs and reducing the number of people infected with the virus. In Chile, despite widespread and readily available HIV testing, infected people continue to get tested in a late fashion and are usually diagnosed in advanced stages of the disease. Aim: To determine the elements that facilitate or impede a timely HIV testing and to evaluate how to improve the access to HIV testing. Material and Methods: Descriptive, in-depth interviews to 30 participants with unknown serology, 15 participants diagnosed at AIDS stage and 15 health care professionals working at a primary healthcare settings. Results: Users and professionals formulated three suggestions to improve timely access to ELISA test for HIV diagnosis. Namely, to inform users and professionals about the characteristics of the disease and diagnostic test, to offer fast and easy access to HIV testing, and to train the whole healthcare team about obtaining informed consent for testing. Conclusions: These recommendations should be implemented at healthcare centers to attain a timely HIV diagnosis.

Translated title of the contributionRecommendations of health care users and professionals to achieve a timely access to HIV diagnosis
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)1284-1290
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Medica de Chile
Volume142
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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