Tips for Implementing the RUSH (Routine Universal Screening for HIV) Intervention
In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended routine HIV screening for adults seen in all health care
settings. Routine HIV testing has been shown to require less time and labor than targeted or point of care (POC) testing, find undiagnosed
cases on a larger scale than targeted testing, link patients to care resulting in earlier viral suppression, find out-of-care patients and re-link
them to services, prevent new infections, and save lives and millions of dollars for the health care system. However, the implementation of
routine testing recommendations has been inconsistent, with health care organizations encountering a multitude of challenges as they
sought to adopt the recommended approach.