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New HIV testing available

The week of Nov. 24 is HIV & AIDS Awareness Week, ending with World AIDS Day on Thursday, Dec. 1.

Two new choices in HIV testing are now available at Northwestern Health Unit sexual health clinics throughout the region.

“These new methods of testing give individuals more options regarding how they are tested and how they get their results” said Gillian Lunny, manager of the sexual health program.

The HIV Point of Care test involves a finger poke with results available in minutes.

Anonymous testing allows an individual to get tested without using their name or any identifying information.

All HIV testing at the Northwestern Health Unit involves pre- and post-test counselling by a public health nurse, which includes learning about HIV, transmission, and risk factors.

“Knowing your HIV status is an important step in taking care of your health” Lunny stressed.

HIV testing is available at Northwestern Health Unit sexual health clinics in Fort Frances, Dryden, Kenora, Red Lake, and Sioux Lookout.

According to the World Health Organization, there were 2.9 million new HIV infections worldwide in 2009.

This year ask yourself, “Positive? Me?” Get your answer—get tested!

For more information, contact your local Northwestern Health Unit office.

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