Volume 6, Issue 6

Identifying HIV Infection in the ED

In this issue:

How can the emergency department become more effective in identifying acute HIV infection? What are the missed opportunities for screening? How can existing protocols be adapted to identify more patients with HIV infection without compromising clinicians’ ability to provide emergent care?

Those are some of the questions we’re here to discuss today, with Dr. Douglas White and Dr. Erik Anderson from Highland Hospital’s Department of Emergency Medicine, part of the Alameda Health System in Oakland, California

Learning objectives:

  • Explain when to suspect acute HIV infection in patients presenting to the emergency department.
  • Describe strategies to avoid missed opportunities for HIV diagnosis in patients presenting to the emergency department.



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:

0.5 hour Physicians
0.5 contact hour Nurses

Launch date: March 31, 2021
Expiration date: March 30, 2023