Eastside sexual health centre set to open

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The Health Initiative for Men (HIM) is set to open an East Vancouver location for STI and HIV testing on Monday, August 4, 2011.

HIM on the DriveAccording to HIM Executive Director Wayne Robert it is about recognizing gay men do not just live in Vancouver’s West End.

“We felt that having a clinic near the Broadway Commercial Skytrain station would allow gay men from all over Vancouver to have easier access,” said Robert.  “We understand that there’s a diversity of experience among gay men and the more options we can provide, the easier it is for them to access new testing technologies.”

“The latest research has indicated that 23% of gay men under 30 years old have not been tested for HIV,” continued Robert.  “In a similar study, 30% of gay men reported the reason why they didn’t get tested was because they haven’t gotten around to it.  So, at HIM, we’re trying to lower the barriers for gay men to get tested by providing an experience that is comfortable, convenient, and tailored to their lives.”

HIM On The Drive, located 1723 Grant Street, will offer rapid, early and standard HIV tests as well as tests for other sexually transmitted infections (STI).  It will aso offer a full range of information on STI and HIV transmission, plus a registered nurse on staff to answer any sexual health questions.

The clinic will be open Monday through Thursday from 4pm – 8pm.  Walk-ins or appointments are welcome.

Health Initiaive for Men On The Drive
1723 Grant Street, Vancouver

Call 604.488.1001 or 778.708.3568 or visit http://www.checkhimout.ca for more information.

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