Sexual health groups call for more testing as N.S. HIV cases increase – CBC

STI testing centres overwhelmed by demand

Oct 03, 2022

Sexual health organizations in Halifax are calling for more testing resources after Nova Scotia public health reported an increase in newly diagnosed HIV cases in the province.

In a news release on Monday, public health said they normally see 15 to 20 new cases of HIV per year, but this year they’ve already recorded 20 to 25 new cases as of the end of August.

They said they’ve observed most new cases to be coming from social circles in the Halifax Regional Municipality, but there are still cases showing up throughout the province.

Catherine Brown, medical officer of health for the central zone, said the uptick in cases is partly due to fewer people being tested during the first two years of the pandemic. Many labs normally used to process HIV tests were diverted to focus on COVID-19 testing.

Even taking into consideration the backlog from the last two years, Brown said they’re still noticing an abnormal increase of cases.

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