It is estimated that 25 per cent of Canadians who are HIV positive are unaware of their status and 40 per cent of the Canadians living with chronic hepatitis C don’t know they are infected.
AIDS Vancouver Island’s “Blood Testing Blitz” aims to provide accessible HIV, Hep C 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.
The Blood Testing Blitz will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Courtenay AVI office, 355-6th St.