242714 Mobile HIV Antibody Testing on College Campuses

Monday, October 31, 2011

Reginald Fennell, PhD, CHES, EMT-P , Deparment of Kinesiology and Health (KNH), Miami University, Oxford, OH
Christopher Escue, MS, CHES , Department of Kinesiology and Health, Miami University (OH), Oxford, OH
In 2006, the CDC recommended HIV antibody screening for patients in all health-care settings after the patient is notified that testing will be performed, unless the patient declines. According to the spring 2010 results from the American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) nearly 71% of college students surveyed (N = 95,712) have never been tested for HIV antibodies. Additionally, according to the ACHA-NCHA nearly 71% of students have had one or more sexual partners within the past 12 months. However, only 51% and 28% indicated condom use in the last 30 days during vaginal and anal intercourse respectively. This session will discuss the planning, implementation, and results of a national demonstration project that uses a Mobile Health Unit (MHU). The MHU provides free, anonymous, rapid HIV antibody testing and counseling by peer educators trained by the state Health Department. The Mobile Health Unit received a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Certificate of Waiver. The CLIA waiver has allowed the mobile unit to serve as a free, anonymous HIV antibody testing site since 2010. “Free Testing Thursdays” has resulted in waiting lists for testing on the pilot campus. Collaboration with the Student Health Services, Student Affairs including GLBT services and Residence Life, has been a key component to our success. Could mobile testing, including HIV/STI testing, on college campuses be the best method for college students to learn about HIV testing and prevention? We share our experiences.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
List steps necessary in planning mobile HIV antibody testing on a college campus Describe implementation of mobile HIV antibody testing on a college campus Discuss the results of mobile HIV antibody testing on a college campus

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, College Students

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Professor of Health Education at Miami University teaches courses on sexuality and HIV/AIDS, men’s health, and international health. In 1986, while a graduate student at The Ohio State University, he developed and taught one of the first credit courses on HIV/AIDS on a college campus. He developed and since 1988 teaches a version of that course today at his current university. He has authored more than 30 publications and given more than 150 presentations at professional conferences and symposiums. Dr. Fennell has twice received an Ohio Department of Health AIDS Service Award for his HIV prevention efforts.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.