UPEI joins initiative to end HIV in Canada – CBC

Anonymity at the centre of program

Dec 21, 2022

UPEI has signed an agreement with Canada’s I’m Ready to Know initiative, which aims to eradicate HIV in Canada by improving access to testing.

The initiative distributes easy-to-use tests, which have been available at UPEI since earlier this month.

“They’re able to go home, test safely in their own home, and then connect with different services, what they choose to connect with,” said Adrienne Fudge, a registered nurse at UPEI’s Health and Wellness Centre.

Islanders have been able to access the kits by ordering them online since June of last year, but now they can pick them up in person.

Anonymity is at the centre of the program. Participants can pick up a kit and leave. They are asked to install the I’m Ready to Know app on their phone, but test results are not shared with anyone connected to the initiative.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-upei-ready-to-know-upei-1.6693913

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