Where in Vancouver can I get a PCR RNA test for HIV?
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The PCR RNA test is not regularly available in Vancouver and unfortunately cannot be requested. This test is used by Canadian Blood Services to screen all blood and organ donations.
A similar test available, in that it checks for the viral RNA is the NAAT (pooled) RNA test or "Early Test". This test can be taken 10-12 days post exposure and is 90% accurate. At 6 weeks it is 95-98% accurate and 99% accurate at 12 weeks but this is only available to men who have sex with men (MSM). If you are female and have had a high risk exposure (unprotected sex with someone who is known to be HIV+, you may be able to get a 4th Generation Test but again, this is not available upon request).
Within the Greater Vancouver Area the NAAT RNA test is available for MSM at:
The BCCDC STI&HIV Clinic
655 West 12th Ave
Appointments are recommended but clients may be seen on a walk in basis.
HIM - Health Initiative for Men
421-1033 Davie St.
Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 9pm
Friday: 11am - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 3pm
Drop in or appointments are available.
Pender Health Unit
59 West Pender
Mon-Fri 9.30-11.30am for booked appts
Mon-Fri 1-3pm for walk-in
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