All B.C. adults should be tested for HIV every five years: new guidelines

Global News

VIDEO (above): The provincial government today announced some radical new health guidelines — that urge everyone in BC to get tested, regularly, for HIV AIDS. They’re the first such guidelines in the entire country. Randene Neill reports.

B.C.’s provincial health officer is recommending all British Columbians get tested for HIV/AIDS every five years.

The new guidelines are the first of their kind in Canada.

It’s now recommended that all adults in B.C. aged 18 to 70 years old, be tested for HIV every five years.

People who are more at risk of HIV infection should be tested every year.

Adults who have an unknown HIV status, and are 70 years old or older, should be tested once.

The province hopes the new guidelines will help catch new HIV infections earlier, and get people the treatment they need.

“British Columbia’s reputation as a global leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS is growing because…

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