Print this page    •   Back to Web version of article

International News
Canada: B.C. Officials Want HIV Tests Offered on Routine Doctor Visits

December 8, 2010

Public health officials in British Columbia are testing the feasibility of offering an HIV test to anyone seeking care at a doctor's office, clinic or hospital.

Advertisement

The initiative, called Stop HIV/AIDS, is funded by a four-year, $48 million (US $47.5 million) grant to the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Providence Health Care, and the B.C. Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

British Columbia reports about 400 new HIV diagnoses each year, and about 13,000 residents are HIV-positive.

One of the main goals of expanded testing is to remove the stigma associated with asking for or accepting an HIV test, said health authority physician Patricia Daly. Some 20 percent of men surveyed at gay events had not disclosed their homosexuality to their physicians, she said.

British Columbia's push for routine testing is consistent with a policy of the US CDC, which calls for routine voluntary HIV screening in all health care settings for patients ages 13 to 64.

Back to other news for December 2010

Excerpted from:
Edmonton Journal
12.05.2010; Susan Lazaruk




This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. You can find this article online by typing this address into your Web browser:
http://www.thebody.com/content/art59805.html

General Disclaimer: TheBody.com is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through TheBody.com should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, consult your health care provider.