Part 1: Cost Estimates Per Intervention

Counseling and Testing

Cost estimates for counseling and testing are provided by the Centers for Disease Control (March 1990). Estimates for the costs associated with HIV testing and counseling were prepared by the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, based on a survey of approximately 15 states providing these services. The estimates include personnel fringe benefits and current overhead rates. Laboratory cost estimates were prepared by the Public Health Practice Program Office, based on a routinely conducted CDC survey of state health department laboratories and selected private laboratories.

Table C-1 Cost Estimates Per Intervention: Counseling and Testing

Item

HIV (-)

HIV (+)

Assumptions

LABORATORY

Kit (ELISA)

S1.75 (1x)

$ 5.25 (3x)

 

Lab time

0.43

1.28

$21,428 average lab tech annual salary; 50,400 tests/year

Personnel fringe benefits

0.11

0.33

25.5%

Overhead

1.15

3.43

50% of labor and kits

Subtotal

3.44

10.29

 

Kit (Western Blot)

 

20.00

 

Lab time

 

2.48

8,640 tests/year

Personnel fringe benefits

 

0.63

 

Overhead

 

11.56

 

Subtotal

 

34.67

 

COUNSELING

Pretest: 15 minutes counseling plus 15 minutes preparation and processing

Counselor

$ 6.78

$ 6.78

$26,029 (average annual salary)

Supervisor

1.36

1.36

$31,229 (average annual salary)

Clerical

0.78

0.78

$17,986 (average annual salary)

Personnel fringe benefits

2.27

2.27

25.5%

Overhead

4.48

4.48

40% of personnel

Subtotal

15.67

15.67

 



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