Province encourages public to get involved with HIV Testing Day

Grant Boone
June 27, 2019

National HIV Testing Day - on June 27 - is a day to encourage people to get tested to know their health status.

Gary Lacasse, Canadian AIDS Society Executive Director states "Building on the success of a year ago, this event is truly about normalizing HIV testing, increasing Canadians' capacity to make informed decisions regarding their own sexual health, and decreasing stigma". In Michigan, approximately 18,950 people are living with HIV, and 14 percent are not aware of their positive status. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada's 2017 HIV Surveillance Report, there has been a 17.1 per cent increase in the number of new HIV infections in Canada between 2014 and 2017. For other testing locations and times, see https://skhiv.ca/hiv-awareness-events/.

Réseau Access Network will host the event in Sudbury and this year's theme is "Know Your Status".

The year of the first testing even, more than 800 Canadians were tested.

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The National HIV Testing Day partnership is an ongoing effort between Walgreens, Greater Than AIDS, health departments, and HIV/AIDS service organizations to broaden the reach of HIV testing and information in non-traditional settings and help people understand the latest in prevention, treatment and care. A woman living with untreated HIV may also transmit the infection to her child during pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding. A point of care test, which is done with a drop of blood from your finger, has results ready within minutes. Pre- and post-test counselling will be provided to all participants to help determine their risk factors.

"We talk about risk and the nurse gets an idea of sexual practices and provides information on different alternatives and things like that", said Medina.

It is estimated 30 percent of new infections come from individuals who do not know they have HIV.

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