Are you positive you’re not positive? According to recent statistics, there is a good chance you might not. St Paul’s Hospital is looking to change those statistics through free rapid and confidential HIV testing.
Available through the British Columbia “Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS” (or STOP HIV/AIDS) initiative, the rapid test has the same accuracy as conventional blood tests.
“The only difference is that you get your results within 60 seconds,” explained Neil Fowler, HIV/AIDS Project Assistant with the Immunodeficiency Clinic at St Paul’s Hospital.
“By offering rapid and accessible testing, the aim is for more individuals to get tested and be aware of their HIV status,” Fowler continued. “This is important as it has been estimated that 26% of individuals living with HIV are unaware of their positive HIV status.”
Free Rapid and Confidential HIV Testing at St. Paul’s Hospital
Call 604-561-4896 (Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4pm) – a certified HIV nurse will answer the call and arrange for a discrete, confidential, rapid, and free HIV test.