GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Brody School of Medicine has been awarded a grant allowing doctors to test patients in the emergency department for HIV.
For many who come to the emergency room, it is their only contact with health care. Doctors hope to identify and begin treatment by catching the virus early, which was seemingly impossible before.
“In the emergency department, it’s really not been feasible for us just because of lack of resources and access,” said Dr. Timothy Reader, ECU Department of Emergency Medicine. “So if we do the testing we need to have a better system in place with which to follow up with these patients…this grant is going to allow us to do that.”
Those who test positive HIV will be given treatment options.
The grant will cover the testing over the course of the next year to see how far reaching the epidemic in the East is.