DID YOU KNOW?
- 21 % of people infected with HIV in Canada are unaware of their HIV-positive status*
- More than half (59,4%) of the people who were newly diagnosed in Quebec between 2002 and 2010 had never been tested for HIV before**
- Nearly 18% of new diagnoses in 2010 has reached the stage of AIDS where they were presenting with chronic symptomatic infections at the time of testing**
TESTING BECOMES A DOUBLY IMPORTANT ISSUE
- At the individual level: early testing leads to appropriate medical care, reducing the risk of serious infection
- At the community level: it reduces the risk of transmission. People who are aware that they are HIV-positive are then able to protect their partners. Additionally, treatments for HIV/AIDS reduce the risk of transmission.
EASIER ACCESS TO TESTING
It is therefore essential to increase and broaden opportunities for testing, as well as prevention efforts geared toward high-risk populations.
In what situations is it recommended to get tested for HIV
- Sex without a condom
- If you are not sure whether you were protected after having sex while consuming drugs or alcohol
- Testing positive for other STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) or having a partner tell you he/she was infected with an STI
- Sharing needles, syringes or other drug injection materials, including steroids
- If you are pricked with an unsterilized needle (tattoos, acupuncture, etc.)
- Before deciding to stop using a condom in a new sexual relationship
- During pregnancy or while trying to become pregnant (the test is part of the prenatal care process)
Stay healthy, keep your partners healthy
The screening test for antibodies to HIV is available in Quebec in specialized STI clinics, the CSSS, and in some hospitals and HIV prevention organizations, some of which are members of Fqsida.
*Estimations de l’incidence, de la prévalence, et de la proportion non diagnostiquée au VIH au Canada, 2014
**Portrait des infections transmissibles sexuellement et par le sang (ITSS) au Québec – Année 2010 (et projections 2011) par le Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux