The second annual national HIV Testing Day event organized by the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) and community-based organizations and local health authorities across Canada will be returning this year on June 27th with testing events happening at various times at local testing sites in 70 communities across the country.
HIV Testing Day was created in response to the rising HIV rates being seen in Canada. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s 2017 HIV Surveillance Report, there has been a 17.1% increase in the number of new HIV infections in Canada between 2014 and 2017. Stigma and barriers to testing continue to exist, discouraging Canadians from getting tested. The inaugural event in 2018 received national media coverage, raising awareness about the importance of regular testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) resulted in 835 Canadians being tested for HIV. Similarly, a major priority for this year’s event will be to reach the undiagnosed – Canadians who are disproportionately affected by HIV and other STBBI and/or Canadians who have never been tested for HIV and other STBBI.
The theme for this year’s Testing Day is “Know Your Status.” 1 in 5 Canadians living with HIV are unaware that they have HIV. The only way to know for certain if you’re HIV-positive is to get tested. The sooner you know your status, the sooner you can be linked to care. Where available, testing sites (like at HIM) will be able to provide immediate HIV test results using point-of-care testing kits. In just a minute, a simple finger-prick test is all you need to know your status.
We, at Health Initiative for Men, are proud to be participating in this year’s National HIV Testing Day again with three of our health centres open on that day: HIM on Davie, HIM on the Drive and HIM in Surrey. As an advocate for regular testing , HIM continues to offer five locations throughout the Lower Mainland for year-round testing.
In just one minute, a simple finger-prick test is all you need to #KnowYourStatus.
For more information about HIV and testing, please visit HIM’s resources. Additional information about National HIV Testing Day is available at www.hivtestingday.ca and will continue to be updated leading up to June 27th. If you’ve been thinking to get tested, please check HIM out and #KnowYourStatus!
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