NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens launches HIV, HBV and HCV testing initiative for ambulatory care, ED patients: 4 things to know

Flushing-based NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens launched HIV, HBV and HCV Testing Model in an Urban Hospital Setting.

Here are four things to know:

1. The initiative tests ambulatory care and emergency department patients for hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus and human immunodeficiency virus.

2. Through HIV, HBV and HCV Testing Model in an Urban Hospital Setting, patients who have any of the diseases can know their status and have access to care.

3. The program will run through 2016, providing testing to patients 21 years or older. If patients test positive, staff will link them with a primary care physician or the appropriate medical specialists for follow-up care.

4. NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens is a 535-bed tertiary care facility that is affiliated with New York-based Weill Cornell Medicine. Each year, the hospital has nearly 162,000 ambulatory care visits and 124,000 emergency service visits.

"NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens and its doctors are at the forefront of care for HIV, HBV and HCV patients. This program allows our hospital to play a role in helping to reduce the morbidity and mortality rate for individuals infected with these viruses," said Ari Bunim, MD, director of the NYP/Queens Liver Center and the project's co-principal.

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