Free HIV testing in Medicine Hat on Thursday

Henrietta Brewer
June 26, 2019

"HIV testing is the essential entry point to a continuum of prevention, health care and social services that are central to managing HIV and promoting health among all people living with HIV", said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health.

Now 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS. Once a person knows their HIV status, they can take steps to prevent or treat it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 40% of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they already have developed AIDS. Where possible, a person living with HIV who is undetectable will be available at participating testing sites to explain the campaign and how someone who is living with HIV can have a healthy sex life and not pass the virus along to others. Groundbreaking concepts like Undetectable Equals Untransmittable demonstrate that a person living with HIV who is taking ART as prescribed, and who has an undetectable viral load in their blood sample for at least six months, has a negligible risk of transmitting HIV sexually.

Approximately 65,000 people in Canada have HIV.

"It's quick, convenient and 99 percent accurate".

People at higher risk should get tested more often. "You will receive your results at the end of your testing appointment". The clinic will also have free condoms, education, games, and prizes.

Great Lakes Bay Health Centers David R. Gamez in Saginaw at 501 Lapeer Ave.

The Mobile Outreach Street Health (MOSH) van will be at Margaret's House at 43 Wentworth Dartmouth from 10:30 noon, then move to the Mainline Needle Exchange at 5511 Cornwallis Halifax from 1 3 p.m.

Free screenings will be offered at IU Health's LifeCare unit from 8 4 the Methodist MedTower located at 1633 North Capitol Avenue.

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