Universal HIV testing could help Saskatchewan reach 'zero cases,' advocates say

Those who work on the front lines of Saskatoon's fight against HIV and AIDS say they would welcome universal testing for the disease, but more supports need to be in place first.

Jason Mercredi, executive director of AIDS Saskatoon, said universal testing — rather than only testing those considered “at risk” for contracting HIV or AIDS — could potentially remove the stigma around testing for HIV, something that still exists not only in the city but in small rural and remote communities as well.

“People aren't going to want to get tested if they think they're going to be judged based on whatever the test shows,” Mercredi said.

Riley Laychuk reports

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