Tuesday, January 29, 2013

HIV Testing in BC

HIV Testing

How can I get tested and where?

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Ask for an HIV test as part of a routine health check at your next doctor’s appointment, and your results should be back in about a week. If don’t want to use your full name, you can use your initials (non-nominal testing).

Who should get tested and why?

HIV testing can be considered part of your regular care. HIV can be transmitted by vaginal, anal, or even oral sex (especially unprotected sex), sharing drug equipment, or during pregnancy, birthing, or breastfeeding. This means that just about everyone should think about getting an HIV test!
The sooner someone gets a test, the sooner HIV can be detected and treatment can begin. Treatment protects your immune system and lowers the chances of passing HIV on to others. Treatment is simpler and more effective than ever and means many people can live strong, healthy lives.

  1. Ask for a test at your next doctor’s appointment or visit a drop-in medical clinic.
  2. Find a public health clinic - testing is easily available, often with a drop-in visit. Find a clinic in British Columbia organized by city, service, or days of the week open, at SmartSexResource.com or call HealthLinkBC toll-free, 24/7, at 8-1-1.
  3. Drop-in for a rapid “point-of-care” test at select Fraser Health clinics on select days (not open on statutory holidays). Test results are available within minutes and no CareCard is required.
  • Abbotsford Health Unit, 104-34194 Marshall Rd, Abbotsford. Tel: 604 864-3400
    2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 4:30pm to 6:00pm
  • New Westminster Health Unit, 218-610 Sixth St, New Westminster. Tel: 604 777-6740
    3rd Thursday of the month, 4:30pm to 6:00pm
  • North Surrey Health Unit, 220-10362 King George Blvd, Surrey. Tel: 604 587-7900
    3rd Monday of the month, 4:30pm to 6:00pm