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Know your HIV status Saint John NB

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 - Main Br - Saint John
(506) 632-8080
100 King St
Saint John, NB
Languages
English, French
Office Hours
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
Sunday: Closed

BMO Bank of Montreal
(506) 632-0202
15 Market Square
Saint John, NB
Type
Branch with ABM

Scotiabank
(506) 658-3370
365 Main Street
Saint John, NB
 
RBC - Lansdowne & Wellesley Br
(506) 634-8220
111 Lansdowne Ave
Saint John, NB
Languages
English, French
Office Hours
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
Sunday: Closed

BMO Bank of Montreal
Westmorland Road
Saint John, NB
Type
ABM

Scotiabank
(506) 658-3365
39 King Street
Saint John, NB
 
BMO Bank of Montreal
Fairville Boulevard
Saint John, NB
Type
ABM

BMO Bank of Montreal
(506) 632-0221
120 Mcdonald St
Saint John, NB
Type
Branch with ABM

RBC - Westwind Place Branch
(506) 635-1030
800 Fairville Blvd
Saint John, NB
Languages
English, French
Office Hours
Monday: 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 20:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 20:00
Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 15:00
Sunday: Closed

RBC - Nb-Mcallister Place Branch
(506) 633-7680
515 Westmorland Rd-Unit C009B
Saint John, NB
Languages
English, French
Office Hours
Monday: 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 20:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 20:00
Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 15:00
Sunday: Closed

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