One in four people who are living with HIV don’t know it.

Getting tested for HIV, and confirming your status, has never been easier and the benefits never greater.

It was not that long ago that an HIV diagnosis was considered a death sentence. At the height of the epidemic, a person was dying of AIDS every day in British Columbia. Today, thanks to earlier diagnosis of HIV and incredible advances in treatment and care, HIV can be a chronic, manageable condition.

It all begins with an HIV test.

“If more people know their HIV status and receive early treatment, the spread of the disease in our communities can be halted,”

—Dr. Trevor Corneil, Medical Health Officer and physician lead for STOP HIV in Interior Health

Getting to zero -- an AIDS-free B.C.

By aggressively expanding HIV testing and making treatment available to everyone, getting to zero -- zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths -- is within reach.

Interior Health, community partners, and physicians are working together to implement a new program that has the potential to get us to zero. STOP HIV/AIDS (Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS) is a successful provincial program that reduces HIV transmission by ensuring those living with HIV/AIDS know their HIV status and have access to the best care through expanded HIV testing and engagement in prevention and treatment.

An AIDS-free British Columbia is in sight, but we cannot reach this goal without you. Ask your doctor for an HIV test or say yes when offered.

Make an HIV test part of your regular health routine and help end AIDS.

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