Volume 6, Issue 5

HIV Screening Strategies in the Emergency Department

In this issue:

How appropriate is the emergency department (ED) as a site for HIV screening? Can screening be unobtrusively integrated into existing ED protocols? Is universal testing more appropriate than EHR-based implementation? What’s the importance of identifying acute infections? What does the evidence say?

That’s the focus of this eHIV Review issue, as guest authors Drs. Douglas AE White and Erik Anderson from the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Alameda Health System analyze the current data to provide some answers. 

Learning objectives:

  • Describe various approaches to HIV screening in the emergency department.
  • Explain the challenges in the emergency department of identifying and engaging patients with undiagnosed HIV infection.  


Douglas White, MD
Douglas White, MD

Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine 
Assistant Residency Director, Director of Emergency Department HIV and HCV Screening 
Alameda Health System – Highland Hospital 
Oakland, CA

Erik Anderson, MD
Erik Anderson, MD

Clinical Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine 
University of California San Francisco 
San Francisco, CA 
Associate Research Director, Department of Emergency Medicine; Attending Physician, Substance Use Disorder Program 
Alameda Health System – Highland Hospital 
Oakland, CA

Program Directors:

Ethel D. Weld, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences
Division of Infectious Diseases
Division of Clinical Pharmacology
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Matthew Spinelli, MD, MAS

Assistant Professor
HIV, ID, and Global Medicine
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, California

Justin Alves, RN, ACRN, CARN

Nurse Educator – Office Based Addiction Treatment, Training and Technical Assistance Program
Boston Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Length of activity:

1.0 hour Physicians
1.0 contact hour Nurses

Launch date: February 25, 2021
Expiration date: February 24, 2023