A “Blood Blitz” event in Courtenay offers Rapid HIV testing, with results available in less than 60 seconds.
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 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,” explained Leanne Wingert, key 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.”
The Blood Blitz Testing Day will take place March 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Courtenay AVI office – 355 6th Street. Light refreshments will be offered to those who attend plus a chance to win one of our door prizes.
For more information, visit avi.org.