We Can Do More Than Just Sell the Test: Pharmacist Perspectives About Over-the-Counter Rapid HIV Tests

Meyerson, Beth; Ryder, Priscilla; Hippel, Christiana; Coy, Kelsey
July 2013
AIDS & Behavior;Jul2013, Vol. 17 Issue 6, p2109
Academic Journal
Pharmacist attitudes about the over-the-counter (OTC) sale of HIV rapid tests in pharmacies were explored through interviews conducted among 17 licensed community pharmacists in a Midwestern, moderate HIV incidence state between May and September 2012. Participants recognized that OTC rapid HIV tests would increase the number of people aware of their HIV status. Concerns included linkage to care and results consultation for those who test HIV-positive. Point of sale was identified as an opportunity for consultation about the test and to establish a relationship for future discussion about results and linkage to care. Pharmacists could provide initial test consultation or information, and consultation about the test results in order to provide post diagnosis support and facilitate linkage to care.


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