Becky White, MD, MPH addresses Institute of Medicine forum on access to HIV testing and care

Becky White, MD, MPH addresses Institute of Medicine forum on access to HIV testing and care click to enlarge Becky L. White, MD, MPH

Becky L. White, MD, MPH, clinical assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases was invited to present to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on HIV Screening and Access to Care in Washington, D.C., on June 21, 2010.

This was the second of three workshops to study HIV screening and access to care, which were commissioned by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP)  The purpose of the workshops is “to examine federal, state, and private health insurance policies that 1) serve as barriers to HIV testing or 2) inhibit entry into clinical care or continuous and sustained care.”

White, who is also co-director of HIV services for the North Carolina Department of Correction, presented on barriers to entry and continuity of HIV care in correctional facilities.  “HIV-infected inmates face tremendous challenges re-integrating into HIV medical care after they are released,” White told the committee.  She went on to say that HIV-infected prison releases are more successful at maintaining continuity of HIV care in areas with strong collaborations among correctional facilities,community medical clinics and social services.

Summary reports from the each of the three workshops will be released later this year and will be used to help inform the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

For more information, visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2009/11/14/onap-commissions-institute-medicine-examine-hiv-testing-and-care-policies