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Comment & Response
April 2020

Implementation of HIV Self-Testing Program in New York City—Reply

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  • 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA Intern Med. 2020;180(4):616-617. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.0125

In Reply We were pleased to read the letter from Edelstein and colleagues about successful HIV self-testing programs supported by the New York City Health Department since 2015. The distribution of HIV self-tests to men who have sex with men and to other at-risk populations has the potential to increase HIV testing, awareness of HIV infection, and to initiate access to treatment and prevention services for more than 150 000 people living in the country with undiagnosed HIV.1 HIV testing programs could distribute HIV self-tests via the internet, community-based organizations, or other avenues. To meet the goals of the federal Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative,2 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages health departments and other organizations to support implementation of HIV self-testing programs. The CDC has information on HIV self-testing at https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/testing/self-testing.html.

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