Flin Flon and communities across Canada will take part in National HIV Testing Day Thursday. The goal of the day is to effectively target groups disproportionately affected by the virus. HIV rates are rising in Canada according to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s HIV Surveillance Report that notes there has been a 17.1 percent increase in the number of new HIV infections between 2014 and 17. The theme for this year’s testing day is Know Your Status and the event is about normalizing HIV testing. The sooner you know your status the sooner you can be linked to care. 1 in 5 Canadians living with HIV are unaware they have HIV. Last year’s event resulted in 835 Canadians being tested.
On Thursday at the Primary Health Care Centre HIV tests will be administered giving results in under a minute. Pre and post test counseling will be provided and if follow up is required care providers will be available at the Northern Health Region.