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HIV Testing in VA

  • VA recommends that all Veterans be tested for HIV infection at least once, regardless of risk factors for HIV infection, and that they be tested repeatedly if there is an ongoing risk of HIV infection.
  • VA does not require written consent for HIV testing in the VHA. Instead, patients will provide verbal informed consent prior to HIV testing, and this verbal consent must be documented in the patient's medical record. The VA also does not require that patients be given either scripted pre-test and post-test counseling or written educational material on HIV. More information, including FAQs.

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Educational Videos

  • Make the Test Normal
    Instructions on how to integrate routine HIV testing in VA Women's Health Clinics using the Patient Aligned Care Teams model.
  • One Step Ahead
    Veterans and VA providers explain why it's important to make HIV testing part of routine medical care.
  • Live HIV+
    Veterans with HIV share their stories and offer helpful steps to take after getting a positive diagnosis.

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