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Starting this month, pharmacists at two Vancouver Medicine Shoppe pharmacies, located at 2030 Kingsway Avenue and 6180 Fraser Street, will offer customers a rapid HIV test. Customers will know their test results on the spot in less than five minutes. During a year-long pilot, pharmacists trained by HIV nurses from Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health will offer customers an optional HIV test for free. Each pharmacy is located next to a Pacific Medical Walk-in Clinic where doctors will provide support to patients and link them to care and treatment, if required.

Pride 2014: Bradford McIntyre proudly declares his HIV status to encourage others to get tested

At this year's Vancouver Pride celebrations, Bradford McIntyre marked another milestone in his remarkable life.

The long-term HIV survivor changed the sign he carried in the 2004 parade to reflect that he's still here 30 years since being infected with the retrovirus.

A decade ago, the sign said “20 years.”

“I'm in shock that I'm still alive and still here and still doing this,” McIntyre told the Georgia Straight shortly before the parade began.

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.

BC pioneers pharmacist-administered HIV testing in pilot program

The number of diagnosed HIV cases in Canada has been falling steadily in the last five years, thanks to greater public awareness, but there's a nagging concern that not everyone who should have an HIV test is getting one.

That concern has led authorities in British Columbia to launch an innovative pilot program allowing people to visit a pharmacist for a quick, reliable HIV test rather than see their doctor or wait at a clinic.

Free HIV tests at Vancouver pharmacies part of pilot project to reduce stigma around screening

VANCOUVER—Two Vancouver pharmacies will soon offer customers free HIV tests that will provide results on the spot in less than five minutes.

Pharmacists at the Medicine Shoppe drugstores have been trained by HIV nurses from Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health to provide testing as part of a year-long pilot project.

Medical health officer Dr. Reka Gustafson says offering HIV testing at locations such as a pharmacy helps reduce stigma around testing and makes it more acceptable to people.

A pair of Vancouver pharmacies are offering free HIV testing

Two pharmacies to offer free, rapid HIV tests

Two pharmacies in Vancouver will start offering people free, rapid HIV tests this month.

The tests will give you results on the spot, in less than five minutes.

It’s part of a year-long pilot launched by Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health that’s also a first in Canada.

The two pharmacies are at 2030 Kingsway Avenue and 6180 Fraser Street.

Laura Baziuk reports

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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.

Nearly-instant HIV test to be available at two Vancouver pharmacies

Two Vancouver pharmacies have launched a pilot project offering free rapid HIV tests that tell people within five minutes if they have the virus.

Reka Gustafson, medical director of communicable disease control at Vancouver Coastal Health, said Vancouver has made some progress in recent years when it comes to expanding HIV testing, but there is room for improvement.

Vancouver pharmacies first in Canada to provide free HIV testing

Vancouver is the first city in Canada where you can take a free HIV test at a pharmacy.

Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) announced Tuesday that they’re piloting the feasibility of local pharmacies offering HIV tests to customers by introducing the test at two Vancouver Medicine Shoppe locations.

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