Self-testing HIV kits now more readily available in northeastern Ontario – CBC

HIV self-testing kits give results in 1 to 20 minutes

Dec 07, 2022

It’s now easier for people in northeastern Ontario to test for HIV at home.

In August the Public Health Agency of Canada set aside $8 million for the distribution of HIV self-testing kits, and organizations in northern Ontario have started to benefit.

Last week, Réseau ACCESS Network in Sudbury received 250 at-home testing kits to distribute to its clients. The agency is a non-profit organization focused on harm reduction around HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C.

“It’s always good to know your status if you haven’t tested on a regular basis,” said Heidi Eisenhauer, Réseau ACCESS Network’s executive director.

There are nearly 63,000 people currently living with HIV in Canada, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, and one in 10 remain undiagnosed.

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