High STI rates among returning veterans, but low rates of HIV testing
Conclusions: We found a high prevalence of STIs among recently separated Veterans. HIV testing among STI cases is low, even among those with HIV risk factors. These findings warrant re-emphasis on STI prevention and control efforts. Limitations include reliance on administrative data and use of incident diagnoses; however, STI results are consistent with published data from the US Military Health System. In summary, developing and applying new tools such as behavioral interventions to reduce STI and increase HIV testing could yield important public health benefits.
Learning Areas:Basic medical science applied in public health
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Demonstrate that STI’s are elevated among military veterans returning from service Identify predictors of STI among returning veterans Assess correlates of not receiving HIV-screening among those with an STI
Keyword(s): STD, Veterans' Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Mr. Goulet is the Director of Methodology and Biostatistics for the VHA funded Pain Research, Informatics, Medical comorbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center. The primary research focus of the PRIME is pain and pain management for Veterans in VA care. He received his PhD in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale. His research interests focus on the impact of mental health disorders on the course of care and outcomes for pain-related conditions.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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