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  • Hepatitis A

    Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by one of many hepatitis viruses. In British Columbia, the most common types are hepatitis A, B and C.

  • Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by one of many hepatitis viruses. In British Columbia, the most common types are hepatitis A, B and C. Over 350 million people in the world carry the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and many do not know they have it.

  • Hepatitis C

    Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by one of many hepatitis viruses. In British Columbia, the most common types are hepatitis A, B and C. Hepatitis C is the most common form of viral hepatitis infection reported in BC.

  • Herpes Simplex Virus

    Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Most Canadians will have at least one type of HSV in their lifetime. Many of those people have never had symptoms and are not aware that they have HSV.

  • Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART)

    Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) are medications used to treat HIV infection. These medications may also be called antiretroviral drugs (ART) or anti-HIV drugs. While there is currently no cure for HIV infection, the availability of HAART now means that HIV is no longer a fatal infection, but is a condition that can be managed through lifelong treatment.

  • HIV and AIDS

    Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. There is no cure for HIV, but medication can reduce the amount of virus in the body and help you to stay healthy. Without treatment, HIV damages the immune system and may become Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

  • HIV anonymous testing

    Anonymous HIV testing is a way to test for HIV where your name and contact information (for example, your address, phone number and email) are not collected or recorded. You are given a numbered testing code that only you know and you must provide that code to get your result.

  • HIV Point of Care (Rapid) test

    Point of Care (POC) HIV tests are also known as “rapid” tests and are used to screen for HIV antibodies. POC tests can be performed in clinics or other health care setting and results are available within minutes.

  • HIV seroconversion illness

    HIV seroconversion is the name given to a group of symptoms that can happen when someone first gets the virus. During this time, there are very high levels of HIV in the body. This is known as a high viral load. When a person has a high viral load, they can easily pass HIV to others.

  • HIV Window Periods

    The HIV window period is the time between getting HIV and when HIV will show up on a test. Understanding the window periods for HIV tests is important because it helps you know when you should test to get the most accurate results.

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