AIDs Vancouver Island holding Blood Blitz

The March 11 event will feature point of care tests, including the Rapid HIV test

A “Blood Blitz” event in Campbell River next week will offer rapid HIV testing, with results available in less than 60 seconds, AIDS Vancouver Island announced.

The March 11 event will feature point of care tests, including the Rapid HIV test, with results available in less than 60 seconds. Pre and post-test counselling will also be available.

“Offering the 60 second tests, greatly reduces the anxiety people feel about waiting to get their results,” said Leanne Wingert, event organizer and support worker at AVI in Campbell River. “We can provide testing and offer support all in one visit. We’re hoping people will visit us for the Blood Blitz to see how easy getting tested can be.”

Despite studies showing that early detection provides the best possible outcome for those living with HIV it is estimated that 25 per cent of individuals in Canada who are HIV positive are unaware of their status. AIDS Vancouver Island’s “Blood Blitz” aims to provide accessible HIV and STI testing, promote awareness about the importance of early detection and educate individuals about how simple it is to implement regular testing as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The blitz will be held Wednesday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Campbell River AVI office (1371 Unit C, Cedar Street).

There will also be light refreshments and door prizes. For information, contact Wingert at 250-830-0787 or email leanne.wingert@avi.org.