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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.

Two Vancouver pharmacies offer free HIV tests in a pilot project

For the first time in Canada, two Vancouver pharmacies will experiment with offering on-site HIV tests to their customers.

Pharmacists at two Vancouver Medicine Shoppe pharmacies, located at 2030 Kingsway Avenue and 6180 Fraser Street, will now be offering HIV tests while their customers are waiting for their prescriptions.

The test results will be available on the spot in less than five minutes.

If the patient receives a preliminary positive test, a further confirmation will be required.

Yuliya Talmazan reports

Better remedies for hepatitis C are becoming available in BC, but who’s going to pay for them?

New and more effective drugs to treat BC’s 50,000 hepatitis C patients would cost billions if covered under BC PharmaCare, but doctors say treating the patients for liver cancer or transplants could cost taxpayers even more.

Treatment options have improved dramatically for hepatitis C sufferers over the past few years, increasing efficacy and reducing side effects and length of treatment.

But the new drugs—at $640 a pill for one called Sovaldi—will cost up to $90,000 per patient over 12 weeks, according to doctors, and up to $110,000, according to BC Health.

Seniors concerned about post-retirement health expenses

A retired friend of mine returned last week from a visit to a dental specialist laden with a cost estimate for two medically necessary tooth implants totalling more than $9,000, $13,000 when necessary prep work by her regular dentist was added.

Her experience certainly gives poignancy to a report released Monday by the BMO Wealth Management Institute regarding financial challenges faced by Canada’s growing cohort of seniors.

Dr. Mel Krajden: There’s lots of good news in the fight against hepatitis

Today, World Hepatitis Day, it’s important to acknowledge that more than 130,000 British Columbians are infected with hepatitis B and/or C.

That’s one out of every 33 people.

Enormous strides in hepatitis B prevention have been made through the use of publicly funded hepatitis B vaccination. It started with the vaccination of Grade 6 students in 1992 and was followed by the adoption of universal infant vaccination in 2001.

Man who had stroke in his bathroom survived on toilet water for seven days

VANCOUVER—Water from a toilet bowl and thoughts of his family kept a 62-year-old Dawson Creek, BC, man alive for a week when a stroke left him partially paralyzed on his bathroom floor.

Sitting in a wheelchair at the Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver, Steve Adsley calmly recounted his harrowing seven-day misery after he collapsed in his condominium on June 26.

Jammed between the vanity and the toilet, the retired financial controller and father of three said he struggled to move his body but his entire left side was paralyzed.

Keven Drews reports

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