September 14, 2017 — A collaborative of 6 youth-serving agencies in Los Angeles evaluated the youth-friendliness of HIV testing services available. A total of 19 testing sites across the county were evaluated by youth utilizing a tool that focused on four core areas (confidentiality and privacy; youth-centered counseling; sex-positive health messaging; and youth-friendly environment). The findings of the evaluation highlight the need to update HIV testing training, protocols, and policies to focus on these core areas, which impact the acceptability of testing services for youth. This evaluation is a first step in improving the quality of services available for youth in Los Angeles. In addition, the presentation will include a discussion about the barriers and facilitators to accessing local HIV testing services among youth.
CHIPTS hosts a monthly HIV Research and Community Colloquia Series in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV to highlight current issues and conversations surrounding HIV. Click here for past lectures and check out the events page for more information on future Colloquia presentations!