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New Phone App to Facilitate HIV Screening, Counseling, and Linkage to Care
Date:4/18/2013

NEW YORK, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing, the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), and DKBmed, LLC, has announced the creation of an application (app) that brings essential features of the SCALE HIV™ program to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices.  The app can be found at  www.dkbmed.com/scale. The goal of the app is to enhance the ability of healthcare professionals to screen their patients with HIV infection and to link those with positive test results to appropriate counseling and treatment. A key component of the app is direct access to the AAHIVM ReferralLink database.

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The new SCALE HIV app provides key information, including current CDC recommendations, guidance for counseling HIV-positive patients/partner notification, and how to access expert care. In addition to providing information on screening patients and counseling, the app also includes access to the AAHIVM ReferalLink Database, an essential tool for all clinicians.

Available for the first time on a mobile platform, the AAHIVM ReferalLink Database enables clinicians to find local HIV care providers simply by inputting a zip code and other customizable fields, such as provider expertise, services, and payment types. (This search tool can also be viewed at aahivm.org.)

"ReferralLinkconnects healthcare professionals with credentialed HIV care providers all over the country," said James M. Friedman , MD, Executive Director of the AAHIVM Corporate Scientific Advisory Board. "Making this feature available to more clinicians through an iPhone/Pod/Pad-
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