Rapid HIV Testing in Massachusetts: A Policy Analysis

Allison C. Morrill, JD, PhD, Evaluator

Funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (#U50/CCU117789)
      via the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Starting in 2003, Massachusetts began several pilot projects to offer rapid HIV testing in selected health care and corrections settings. The term “rapid HIV test” refers to the OraQuick test for HIV in which a small blood sample is obtained by a finger stick, and the test can be processed on site and results – “reactive” or “non-reactive” obtained after 20 minutes. If the result is “reactive,” a confirmatory blood test is required to determine antibody status.

The purpose of this evaluation was to assess rapid HIV testing pilot programs in order to inform the development of statewide policies around implementation of rapid HIV testing.


For a copy of the results, please contact:

Debbie Isenberg, MPH, CHES,
Director, Research and Evaluation
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 3rd floor
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 624-5311

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