Anonymous
Could you please recommend me a good clinic where I can be tested for HIV 1/2, Hepatitis C and other STIs with pre- and post- test counselling, as I would like my test results to be explained to me. Can you recommend any clinic which uses 4th Generation DUO/COMBO test? I live in Vancouver, British Columbia. Thank you in advance.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

We are happy to help answer your question and include some locations where you can be tested for HIV, and discuss the results of your HIV tests:

BC Center for Disease Control (BC CDC)- STI & HIV Clinic; 655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC; 1-604-707-5600

* Drop-in dependent on availability, appointment recommended
* Rapid and Early HIV testing available


Options for Sexual Health: Vancouver; 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC; 1-604-731-4252

* HIV & STI Testing on-site, appointments required
  • www.optionsforsexualhealth.org



  • Health Initiative for Men [HIM]; 421-1033 Davie Street; 1-604-488-1001 ext 223 OR 227

    * Rapid and Early HIV testing available
    * STI testing available
    * Drop-in OR by appointment during clinic hours


    Downtown Community Health Center; 569 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC; 1-604-255-3151

    * HIV & STI testing available for everyone
    * Drop-in (no appointment)

    We cannot guarantee that every test site listed above offers the 4th Generation EIA test, but you may find out by giving them a call ahead of time. We will also include contact information for our Community Partner, St. Paul's Hospital, where you may be able to access a broader range of HIV testing options. However, HIV testing services at St. Paul's Hospital may not include a full panel STI test.

    St. Paul's Hospital; 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC; 1-604-561-4896

    * Rapid testing available, appointment recommended

    Although the 4th Generation EIA test is one of the leading HIV tests available today, we want to let you know it is *not the only option for reliable HIV testing*. The difference between a 4th Generation EIA test and other antibody tests is that it looks for an *additional indication* (P24 antigen) to tell us if HIV has been acquired or not.

    In BC, up to 95% of HIV infections are detected by antibody tests between 4 and 6 weeks post exposure, and over 99% of HIV infections are detected by 12 weeks post-exposure. Having said that, antibody tests, like the 3rd Generation EIA and the *Rapid/"Point-of-Care"* test can provide very reliable results when they are carried out between 4 weeks and 12 weeks post-exposure (or later).

    Additionally, the STOP HIV/AIDS Rapid Testing Outreach Team is available 24/7 and can be reached at 1-604-838-1331


    We trust we have answered your questions and hope you have a better idea about how to proceed with HIV testing. Please feel free to contact the AIDS Vancouver Helpline again in the future, or call us for immediate assistance with general inquiries. Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Sincerely,

    Marta

    AIDS Vancouver Volunteer

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