STI testing clinic?
HIV testing is free throughout Canada. If you go to a clinic which requires a care card or proof of medical coverage then the test will not be anonymous. That said, you can request a 'non-nominal' test. This means that a number is given to a blood sample instead of your information. Your anonymity and confidentiality are protected if the results were to come back positive and be reported to the Medical Health Officer (namely for public health/statistics Canada infection demographic purposes). This option is available to everyone in Canada wishing to test for HIV.
That being said, there aren't any anonymous testing clinics in Coquitlam, but there are in downtown Vancouver:
St. Paul's Hopsital
1081 Burrard St. 604 561 4896 M-F 8:30am-4:00pm
Bute St. Clinic
1170 Bute St. 604 707 2796 M-F 11am-6:30pm
To access a list of testing sites for Vancouver, check out our website: http://www.aidsvancouver.org/get-informed/testing.
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