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HIV tests now part of most Emergency Department blood work (BC-CfE)

Dr. Jeff Hussey (L) with Emergency Patient Care Coordinator Barry Rossiter at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.
Dr. Jeff Hussey (L) with Emergency Patient Care Coordinator Barry Rossiter at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day – an opportunity to remind everyone it is easier than ever to know your HIV status.

Since December 2018, when people come in to Interior Health emergency departments and require diagnostic blood work, an HIV test may be included.

To protect those at highest-risk of acquiring HIV in B.C., government expanded access to pre-exposure prophylaxis and post-exposure prophylaxis in 2018 – a preventive treatment now available at no cost through the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) to eligible individuals including men who have sex with men, transgender women, and any other people with ongoing relationships with HIV-positive sex partners who are not on regular HIV medication or have a low viral load, and people who share drug use equipment with a partner known to be living with HIV.

Read the full story on the Nelson Daily.

Story also found on the Sudbury Star.

 

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