Recommendations for Accurate Diagnosis of HIV Infection

NH DHHS Health AlertThe NH DHHS issued a health alert on August 26, regarding HIV testing.

Key Points and Recommendations:

  1. HIV screening and testing technology continues to improve, which may present challenges with interpretation and reporting of results. DPHS has become aware of several recent cases in which clinicians’ interpreted testing and informed patients incorrectly.
  2. Healthcare providers and laboratories should review and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Recommended Laboratory HIV Testing Algorithm for Serum or Plasma Specimens and Reporting Results from the HIV Diagnostic Testing Algorithm to Persons Ordering HIV tests and Public HealthAuthorities.
  3. All new HIV diagnoses (including positive preliminary results) must be reported to the NH Division of Public Health Services at 1-800-852-3345 Ext. 4496 or (603) 271-4496 within 72 hours of diagnosis or suspicion of diagnosis.

Full DHHS Alert