UPDATE – National HIV Testing Day on June 27th

Image created by K. Kinakin, Living Positive Resource Centre

Follow up to the earlier HIV Testing Day June 27th

The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) is holding Canada’s first country-wide HIV Testing Day on June 27th in more than 40 sites across Canada.

The goal of the day is to effectively target groups disproportionately affected by the disease, said Mr. Gary Lacasse, Executive Director of CAS, the organization spearheading this new initiative.

“A National HIV Testing Day will help reduce the stigma associated with testing,” Lacasse said.  “Knowing your HIV status is important for your health.  If you are living with HIV, you should start treatment as soon as possible. HIV medicine can keep you healthy for many years and greatly reduces your chance of transmitting the virus.”

Know Your Status” is the theme of this year’s event.  “The only way to know for certain if you’re HIV-positive is to get tested,” stressed Lacasse.  “The sooner you know, the sooner you can control the virus and prevent damage to your immune system.”

The National HIV Testing Day will aim to reach individuals at risk for HIV exposure who lack adequate sexual health resources and capacity for HIV testing, including members of the LGBTQ2+ community, off-reserve Indigenous communities and people who use drugs.  It is expected that more than 1,500 people will participate in the initiative and that the pilot project will lead to more newly identified patients with HIV in the month of June compared to other months of the year.  The project also aims to transfer knowledge to vulnerable populations and drive behavioural change to adopt best practices for sexual health and drug use.

About 75,000 people in Canada have HIV, and one in five HIV-positive Canadians are not aware of their status, which makes the possibility of transmitting the virus to others much more likely.  According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, there were 2,344 new HIV infections in Canada in 2016, an 11.6% increase from 2015.

They have been working alongside us at the Pacific AIDS Network (PAN), AIDS Moncton, COCQ-sida, the Ontario AIDS Network, Nine Circles Community Health Centre, AIDS Saskatoon, Alberta Community Council on HIV and HIV Edmonton, to make this happen.

The social media pages CAS is using for HIV Testing Day are the following:

Please promote this event on your social media and use the tag #KnowYourStatus

BC Community Organizations involved on June 27th

Living Positive Resource Centre Okanagan
Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society
ASK Wellness Society
AIDS Network, Outreach, and Support Society (ANKORS)
Health Initiative for Men (HIM)
Southside Health & Wellness Centre

Locations and Times

Abbotsford:
Abbotsford Public Health Unit – men only
104– 34194 Marshall Road
Not open for testing on the 27th, please contact for hours

Burns Lake:
Southside Health & Wellness Centre
27920 Wellness Way
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Cranbrook:
Cranbrook United Church breakfast
2 12th Ave S
8:00 am to 9:00 am

East Kootenay:
East Kootenay Regional Hospital
13 24 Ave N
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Kamloops:
ASK Wellness
433 Tranquille Road
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Kelowna:
Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society
442 Leon Avenue
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Outreach Urban Health
455 Leon Avenue
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Living Positive Resource Centre, Kelowna
255 Lawrence Ave
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

New Westminster:
Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families – men only
40 Begbie Street
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Prince Rupert:
Prince Rupert Health Unit
300 – 3rd Avenue West
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Surrey:
Surrey Opt Clinic – men only
220-10362 King George Hwy
4:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Vancouver:
REACH Community Health Centre – men only
1145 Commercial Dr
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Health Initiative for Men (Davie St) – men only
416 – 1033 Davie Street
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

 

 


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Simon Goff, Executive Assistant and Collective Impact Coordinator,
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