HIV

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HIV Testing

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that can be passed from person to person through direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids, like semen. HIV is the virus that can lead to AIDS. You can get HIV by:

  • Having unprotected sex
  • Sharing any drug equipment (needles, spoons, filters, pipes, snorting devices, cookers, etc.)
  • Getting a tattoo or body piercing with needles that have not been properly sterilized

The only way to know for sure is to get tested. The Sexual Health Clinic at the Health Unit provides free, anonymous HIV testing. Counselling, discussing treatment options, and referrals to community and health-care services are also available.

FREE Rapid Anonymous HIV Test

  • The Health Unit is the only rapid and anonymous test site in Thunder Bay
  • No ID or health card required
  • Testing is private and confidential
  • Anonymous means no name is required
  • The nurse pricks your finger to get blood
  • You get your result in 5-10 minutes.
  • If the test is negative, you either do not have HIV, or are in the 12 week window period.
  • If the test is reactive it means the result is most likely positive and another blood test is required to confirm this.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, an estimated 25% of people living with HIV do not know they have it. That means that they could be unknowingly spreading the infection to other people.