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TESTAZ 
On July 11, 2011 Maricopa Medical Center's Emergency Department became the first Emergency Department in Arizona to implement Routine HIV testing in the Emergency Department. Through a grant from the CDC and in collaboration with Arizona Department of Health Services and the MIHS Grants Department, Maricopa Medical Center will initiate TESTAZ. TESTAZ incorporates the elements of: 
TEST patients for HIV infection routinely
EDUCATE patients and staff on the need for early intervention
SUPPORT patients who test HIV positive
TREAT patients who test HIV positive as early as possible

Routine HIV testing was a CDC recommendation from 2006. Routine HIV testing increases the diagnosis of HIV infection, destigmatizes the testing process, allows the newly diagnosed to be linked to clinical care with prevention, and ensures immediate access to clinical care for persons with newly identified HIV infection.

Maricopa Integrated Health System is home to the McDowell Health Clinic, which will be an integral part of TESTAZ to ensure patients who test positive for HIV are linked to medical care.After the initiation of TESTAZ at Maricopa Medical Center, the goal is to implement routine HIV testing in the FHC's and in hospitals throughout the valley.


What is HIVAZ.org?  
HIVAZ.org is a new, web-based database of HIV/AIDS information available throughout Arizona. This website connects the HIV community and providers to up-to-date information regarding nearby HIV testing, prevention and care services. Additionally, the site provides links to nationally acclaimed online resources for comprehensive medical information and HIV news.  It also provides support services such as blogs, web resources and insurance information that may help you with the cost of medical visits and other appointments. For more information, please visit HIVAZ.ORG  

Managing Your HIV:  There are tools for that!
Making the decision with your medical provider to begin treatment for HIV/AIDS can be daunting. You might not know what to expect when starting or switching treatment. Will you remember to take your medications? Will they have any side effects? What if you don't understand medical terminology?  How will you keep track of your health information? Taking advantage of new technologies, like mobile and web apps, can help you better manage your health care. Here are some tools to get started.

AIDSinfo Drug Database mobile app:
The Drug Database app has detailed and up to date information in both English and Spanish, on HIV/AIDS-specific and related drugs. This smartphone app makes searching for your meds easy. It allows you to search by drug name, class, approval status, and A-Z index, and even shows pictures of most drugs. Not only is it a database, but it also has options for you to list the meds you take, add any personal notes about your meds (for example: note any potential side effects), and set pill alarms to keep you on track. It is free for download on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices.   


AIDSinfo HIV Glossary mobile app:
The HIV Glossary app has detailed and up-tp-date information, in both English and Spanish, on 700+ HIV/AIDS-specific related medical terms (for example: CD4 cell, viral suppression, meningitis, ADAPs, among many other terms). This smartphone app makes searching easy, as you can search by term or by A-Z index. The definitions are both written and audio recorded, so you can choose to read or listen on the app to learn more. It is free for download on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices.

MyChart web and mobile apps:
The MyChart online patient portal and smartphone app give you secure access to your electronic medical records at the McDowell Healthcare Center. MyChart allows you to see certain health information that your medical provider enters into your chart, such as your immunizations, allergies, lab results, and medical and appointment history. You can access this information quickly, and can even save it as a pdf for your records. If you have a non-urgent question for your provider (for example: you aren't sure what a lab result means), you can message them through MyChart at your convenience. If you are a patient at the McDowell Healthcare Center and want to start using MyChart, talk to your provider about turning on your access. MyChart is available via the web, or is free for download on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices


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Funded in whole or in part by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Services and Resources Administration, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009, the Maricopa County Department of Business Strategies & Health Care Programs, & the Maricopa Integrated Health System.