Anonymous
Hi,
I have feeling that I'm positive for HIV based on the sign and symptom. I'm just wondering if I go to my Doctor,and I'm positive, isn't possible that my doctor will contact the BC health and the BC health will monitor my status and alarming my Family as I don't want them to know this. And I want this to be private to get me better and cope in this Crisis.

Thank you
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Anonymous
Hi there, thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for HIV and AIDS related information.

Firstly I should mention that there are no clinically defined signs or symptoms associated with the HIV virus. The only way you can determine your HIV status is by testing. Any symptoms you are experiencing are no indication of your HIV status.

With respect to remaining anonymous, there are many places in BC where you can be tested anonymously for HIV. St. Paul's Hospital in down town Vancouver is one location that does completely anonymous HIV testing with no Carecard required.

If you would like, feel free to contact us again to describe your exposure and we can help you determine your risk level and potentially help you relieve some stress. Contrary to what people might think, the HIV virus is actually a very weak virus and it is very difficult to pass, and based on your exposure we can help you determine your actual risk. You can also contact us anonymously by phone at 604-696-4666 or by email at helpline@aidsvancouver.org .

In health,

Arne, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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