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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 A is most commonly passed through oral-fecal contact. The virus can be found in body fluids such as blood and stool.

  • 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. Hepatitis B is passed through contact with blood and body fluids. The virus can be found in body fluids such as blood, semen, pre-ejaculate, and vaginal fluids.

  • 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 only passed through contact with blood. Hepatitis C is the most common form of viral hepatitis infection reported in BC.

  • Herpes Simplex Virus

    Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the virus Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). It can occur on the skin around or sometimes inside the penis or external genitals, vagina or internal genitals, anus, and mouth. For many people, herpes is a skin condition that comes and goes without causing problems.

  • 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), antiretrovirals (ARVs), 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 targets the body’s immune system. It is passed through blood and body fluids such as semen, pre-ejaculate, vaginal fluids, anal fluids, and breast/chest milk. HIV can be managed with antiviral medications.

  • 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 that you must provide 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.

  • HIV viral load

    Viral load is a test that measures how much HIV is present in a drop of blood. Viral load testing is regularly done to monitor the level of virus in the body.

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