Routine HIV Testing
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HIV testing has shifted from risk-based to routine for any adult who has not had a test in the past year. HIV tests will be routinely offered both in hospital and physician office settings in conjunction with other routine blood draws or medical screening.

HIV test is free, easy and available wherever you access healthcare.

On Demand HIV Testing

Where do I get an HIV test?

On Demand HIV testing is now available at all Interior Health labs across the region and at Valley Medical Laboratories in the Okanagan.

How do I get an HIV test?

Visit your chosen Interior Health labs or Valley Medical Laboratory and request an HIV test from the laboratory staff. You will receive a lab requisition form to fill out. Once the form is completed and returned, your blood sample can be drawn.

That’s it. No need to meet with a physician or health care practitioner.

How do I get my results?

There is no additional follow up for people who test negative – you will not be called or informed of your negative result. If you wish to confirm your negative result, you can phone 1-866-778-7736 for results two weeks after the test occurs. Please do not call the lab you where you had your testing done; they will not have your test results.

If you test positive, you will be contacted by a nurse who will provide support, education, follow-up care, and referral to a physician when if you don’t have one.

Can I get the test done anonymously, or without providing my name?

Unfortunately, you cannot use the On Demand program to get an HIV test without providing your name or Personal Health Number. If you wish to get an HIV test without providing your name, contact your family physician, nurse practitioner, or local health outreach nurse at 1-866-778-7736.

How often should I get an HIV test?

HIV testing should now be part of every person’s health routine, but the frequency of HIV testing will depend on your risk behaviours. HIV tests should be offered to all people:

  • Routinely, every five years, to all people aged 18 – 70
  • Routinely, every year, to all people aged 18 – 70 years who belong to populations with a higher prevalence of HIV infection (see guidelines for details)
  • Once at age 70 or older if your HIV status is not known

AND for people, including adults 18 – 70, youth and the elderly, whenever:

  • A new or worsening medical condition that requires laboratory investigation occurs
  • Symptoms of HIV infection or advanced HIV disease are identified by your health care practitioner
  • You or your health care practitioner identify a risk for HIV acquisition
  • You request an HIV test
  • You become pregnant

For the most recent information about HIV testing, please visit the HIV guidelines www.hivguide.ca.

 

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