Testing sites in 70 communities across Canada announce the second annual National HIV Testing Day.
“The goal of the day is to effectively target groups disproportionately affected by the virus,” said Gerard Yetman, Executive Director of the AIDS Committee Newfoundland & Labrador (ACNL).
National HIV Testing Day aims to reduce the stigma often associated with testing. This year, in addition to receiving a rapid HIV test, clients can access testing for all sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections (STBBIs), including hepatitis C, by visiting one of the testing sites.
Researchers who lead the School of Pharmacy’s APPROACH Study are supporting the AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador (ACNL) in offering pharmacy-based, rapid-result HIV testing on National HIV Testing Day, June 27. The goal of the day is to promote rapid HIV testing by pharmacists as a low barrier way for people to find out their HIV status and get linked to care. Although the testing day is not part of the APPROACH study (which concluded in Fall 2017), it is made possible by the outcomes from this research.