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January 1993

Current Trends: HIV Counseling and Testing Services From Public and Private Providers—United States, 1990

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(1):30-31. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680220036005

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) counseling and testing (CT) services are key elements of the national HIV-prevention strategy.1,2 Although the number and characteristics of persons receiving CT through publicly funded programs are monitored by CDC's CT data system,3 this system does not provide information about persons tested for HIV antibody by physicians in the private sector, hospitals, and other nonpublicly funded sources. This report summarizes data from CDC's 1990 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) AIDS Supplement4 regarding CT received from public and private providers.

The NHIS is an annual crosssectional survey based on nationally representative samples of the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population aged >18 years. The 1990 AIDS Supplement obtained information on HIV/ acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related knowledge and attitudes and HIV testing from a sample of 40 513 respondents (approximately 85% of eligible respondents). Voluntary tests were HIV-antibody tests that respondents had obtained by their own choice

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