Routine HIV testing to be offered to all hospital patients in Port Alberni (St. Paul's Hospital)

Patients admitted to the Port Alberni hospital will now have an option to have their blood tested for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

Starting Oct.5, all patients admitted to West Coast General Hospital will be offered an HIV test as part of their admission blood work.

Similar routine testing has been in place as part of a pilot project in Vancouver since 2011. The data has shown 94 per cent of patients at three major hospitals — St. Paul’s Hospital, Mount Saint Joseph and Vancouver General Hospital — accepted an HIV test when offered one.

Yulia Talmazan reports.

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