Get tested today, urge Sask. organizers of HIV testing event
Event started in Sask. and turned national in 2018
Saskatchewan residents are being urged to get tested on National HIV Testing Day, with events in Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon on Wednesday.
The event was first held in Saskatchewan — which has the highest HIV rate of new infections of all the provinces — in 2016.
This is the first time the event is being held nationwide. Organizers in Saskatchewan say testing is crucial because one in five people who are infected with HIV are unaware of it.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority says testing is simple and recommends routine testing for adults between 13 and 70 at least every five years.
Police, politicians and city council members will also be getting tested in an effort to reduce stigma.
The following locations are offering testing to coincide with the event today or later this week:
Sexual Health Clinic (Access Place)
3 – 101 15 Street E.
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan
1325 Albert Street
Thursday June 28, 1 p.m. to 3 pm
All Nations Hope
2735 Fifth Avenue
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
F.W. Hill Mall
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
619 20th Street W.
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Idylwyld Sexual Health Clinic
101-310 Idylwyld Drive N.
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saskatoon Sexual Health
210 2nd Ave N.
2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Saskatchewan government increased its funding for HIV programs and initiatives earlier this year.
The $700,000 top-up — which comes on top of the province's base annual funding of $4 million — will go to providing full coverage of HIV medications and services at AIDS Saskatoon and Westside Community Clinic in Saskatoon.
HIV testing has increased in the last decade. According to the provincial government, more than 81,000 tests were done in 2017, a 71 per cent increase over 2008.