Opt-Out ED Screening for HIV, HCV, and Syphilis—Dear Colleague Letter from CDPH

March 28, 2022: Emergency departments (EDs) are uniquely positioned to identify people with syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis C who otherwise might remain undiagnosed. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that EDs consider implementing routine opt-out testing for syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis C.

Identification and immediate treatment through the ED may have the added benefit of furthering health equity for those disproportionately affected by these infections

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