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Knowing your HIV status is an important part of a healthy sex life and a good relationship. If you’re starting a new relationship, knowing your HIV status is one way to show your love. And if you’re sexually active, make STI and HIV testing a routine part of your health care.
When diagnosed early, modern treatment can significantly decrease the amount of virus in the blood and sexual fluids, thereby stopping the transmission of HIV by 96 per cent and improving health outcomes. The life expectancy of treated HIV-positive individuals now approaches that of general population.
If you do not feel comfortable visiting a local clinic, asking your doctor for an HIV test or asking about any issues surrounding gay men’s health, health outreach nurses are also available across the Interior Health region to provide discreet, confidential, and non-judgmental HIV testing. Call 1-866-778-7736 to arrange a test today.