We provide HIV/AIDS testing, prevention, care, treatment and community support to people who live in the geographic area served by Vancouver Coastal Health.
Testing - for HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and Hepatitis.
HIV care and treatment - including primary care, intensive case management, anti-retroviral (ARV) medication management, nutrition counseling and referrals to HIV/AIDS support organizations and specialists.
Maximally Assisted Therapy (MAT) - for client who need help taking their HIV medications on a daily or weekly basis.
Community outreach - prevention, testing and treatment information through mobile clinics, special events and high risk venues.
Needle exchange ? a safe and legal way to dispose of used needles, and to get clean needles, sterile water, alcohol wipes and health information.
Public health follow-up - contract tracing to identify and diagnose others who may have been exposed to the infection.
Peer education and capacity building - training and resource support for HIV positive individuals to provide testing and education to their peers.
Health care provider resources - HIV/AIDS testing, education and training resources for health care professionals.
We offer HIV testing to anyone who wants to be tested. Anyone who is sexually active should be tested annually.
Individuals within groups with high HIV rates should be tested every three to six months, including people who are:
Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men
From countries with high HIV levels and their sex partners
Sexually active adolescents
And people with:
Current or lifetime history of injection drug use, and their sex partners
Current or lifetime history of non-injection drug use, and their sex partners
Current or lifetime history of trading sex for money or drugs/sex workers, and their clients
Mental health disorders
Testing is free and available to anyone.
Your family doctor
In a hospital - HIV testing will be offered to patients along with regular blood work in some of our hospitals through the Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention (STOP) of HIV/AIDS pilot project designed to expand access to HIV/AIDS medications among hard-to-reach and vulnerable people in British Columbia.
In a pharmacy - Two Vancouver Medicine Shoppe pharmacies are offering free rapid HIV testing. During a year-long pilot, beginning July 2014, pharmacists trained by HIV nurses from VCH and PHC will offer customers an optional rapid HIV test for free, in which results are known on the spot in five minutes.