Nova Scotians now have the option to find out their HIV status by taking a test at home.
The self-test, approved by Health Canada on Nov. 2, provides results in less than a minute. The tests are available to order online for $35. The manufacturer, bioLytical Laboratories, says the test involves a simple finger prick, mixing up a solution and waiting for the results.
At-home testing is “wonderful for people in smaller communities,” said Daniel Sheppard, a nurse in the HIV clinic at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.
Currently, anyone seeking an HIV test has to book an appointment at the clinic (walk-in appointments are currently on hold) or the Halifax Sexual Health Clinic. Another option is to ask your family doctor for a blood requisition form.
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