Free HIV testing now available at Vancouver pharmacies

Vancouver has become the first city in Canada where HIV tests can be conducted for free at a pharmacy.

The test is being offered by both Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) as a year-long pilot project at a pair of Vancouver Medicine Shoppe pharmacy locations, 2030 Kingsway Avenue and 6180 Fraser Street, in East Vancouver.

Tests are conducted by pharmacists trained by HIV nurses from both health authorities, with results received within five minutes. The two pharmacy locations were chosen as they are also located next to walk-in clinics where doctors will provide support to patients and link them to the care and treatment should they require it.

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