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 testing day on March 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Campbell River AVI office (1371c Cedar St.) 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 event will feature point-of-care tests, including the Rapid HIV test, with results available in less than 60 seconds. Vaccinations, STI testing, harm reduction supplies and support, liver health information and pre/post-test counselling will also be offered.
“We can provide testing and offer support all in one visit. We’re hoping people will come to the event and see how easy getting tested can be,” says Leanne Wingert, key event organizer and support worker at AVI in Campbell River.
Light refreshments will be offered to those who attend plus a chance to win one of the door prizes.