Screening and Treatment for Infectious Diseases

The latest issue of AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange features three programs that used innovative strategies to enhance access to testing and treatment for various infections, especially among vulnerable populations.

One featured profile describes a sexually transmitted disease prevention program for young minority women that is run by the Los Angeles County Department of Health.

The program uses a marketing and outreach campaign to promote the availability of a free, at-home test kit. The campaign includes promotional materials, advertising, a Web site with online ordering for the kit, a toll-free telephone number staffed by trained English-and Spanish-speaking workers, and direct outreach. When the program launched in June 2009, 100 orders were received daily. Since then, the program has averaged about three requests a day for test kits from the Web site and toll-free number and about five daily requests through the outreach program.

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Page last reviewed December 2014
Internet Citation: Screening and Treatment for Infectious Diseases. December 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/hcie.html