Two Vancouver pharmacies to offer free HIV tests as part of pilot project

Two Vancouver pharmacies will soon offer on-the-spot HIV tests as part of a year-long pilot project which is the first of its kind in Canada.

Specially trained pharmacists at two Medicine Shoppe pharmacies—located at 2030 Kingsway Avenue and 6180 Fraser Street—will offer a test that takes only five minutes, the health authority said Tuesday.

Each pharmacy is located next to a Pacific Medical Walk-in Clinic where doctors can provide support to patients and link them to care and treatment.

The pilot, run by Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health, will determine whether HIV testing in pharmacies can complement existing programs.

Tiffany Crawford reports

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