Know your HIV status Charlottetown PE

What if you were carrying a disease like diabetes or cancer that could seriously affect your health - wouldn't you want to know? New HIV tests make it possible to know if you're HIV positive within 20 minutes instead of the traditional 2 weeks.

RBC - 335 University Ave Br
(902) 892-0104
335 University Ave
Charlottetown, PE
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English, French
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Scotiabank
(902) 894-5013
135 St. Peters Road
Charlottetown, PE
 
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(902) 566-5004
143 Grafton Street
Charlottetown, PE
 
BMO Bank of Montreal
(902) 892-2437
105 Grafton St
Charlottetown, PE
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RBC - Hunter River Br
(902) 964-2002
Route 2-Po Box 40
Hunter River, PE
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BMO Bank of Montreal
(902) 892-2437
105 Grafton St
Charlottetown, PE
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RBC - Charlottetown Branch
(902) 892-2405
83 Queen St
Charlottetown, PE
Languages
English, French
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Monday: 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 17:00
Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday: Closed
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BMO Bank of Montreal
(902) 894-7021
670 University Ave
Charlottetown, PE
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Scotiabank
(902) 836-3333
54 Broadway Street
Kensington, PE
 
Scotiabank
(902) 894-5013
135 St. Peters Road
Charlottetown, PE
 

Know your HIV status

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(NC)-What if you were carrying a disease like diabetes or cancer that could seriously affect your health - wouldn't you want to know?

What if that disease was HIV - would you still want to know?

Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, there are still stigmas around HIV that keep people from getting tested. Provincial statistics indicate that more than 30 per cent of people who have HIV don't know it.

"For a patient who suspects that they may be HIV positive, the decision to get the test may be a difficult one. But the days when HIV infection was a death sentence are over. While HIV remains terminal, it is a treatable disease, and the sooner treatment begins, the better the health outcome." said Frank McGee, Coordinator, AIDS Bureau.

An investment of 20 minutes could make a lifetime of difference to thousands of Ontarians.

Until very recently, testing for the antibodies to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus required a laboratory blood test, and waiting for up to 14 days for the result. A new test can now provide almost instantaneous results. A single drop of blood is taken from the patient, and the presence of antibodies to the virus, the first indication of an infection, can be determined in just 60 seconds.

The new test is just as accurate as laboratory testing, and the entire process, including pre and post-test counseling and the test itself takes approximately 20 minutes. A positive test, one that shows the presence of antibodies in the blood, requires additional blood analysis to confirm a positive HIV test result.

With the recent addition of 26 new anonymous testing sites to the previous 24 sites, it is now easier than ever to get tested in any one of the 50 anonymous testing centres across the province.

The on-site HIV testing program is available at designated anonymous HIV testing sites, sexually transmitted infections clinics and community health centres across the province. To find a test centre close to you contact the AIDS and Sexual Health info line at 1-800-668-2437 (francais: 1-800-267-7432). For more information about AIDS and HIV testing, visit www.SayYesToKnowing.ca or the ministry's website at www.health.gov.on.ca or www.healthyontario.ca.

- News Canada