Guelph to host HIV Testing Day on Thursday

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The test only takes roughly a minute, and no appointment is necessary. Wednesdays 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

The goal is to target groups which are disproportionately affected by the virus and sexually transmitted infections and who have not been tested before, says a press release.

A list of dates and locations for testing fairs and clinics is available on the Saskatchewan HIV Collaborative website. Most health insurance covers HIV testing.

"HIV does not discriminate; know your status", said Parrish. "It's really helpful to talk with people who have HIV and who are dealing with it well".

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".

According to the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia, one in five HIV-positive Canadians aren't aware of their status, which makes transmitting the virus more likely.

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Under this theme, officials want people to know they can get tested at clinics, using at-home tests, and by seeing your personal health care provider.

"So then, we do lots of post-test counselling, getting you linked up with resources, making sure you're alright, following up with your mental health and really driving home that HIV does not turn into AIDS if you treat it".

"With the workers we have amongst us. we can really reassure them".

An estimated 70 communities will be offering free point-of-care testing to know your status in only one minute. That can be up to 10 years after they have become infected with HIV.

There has been increased funding for harm reduction in both the Saskatchewan Health Authority and Indigenous communities, she said, adding that HIV treatment medications are free in Saskatchewan.

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