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HIV and AIDS

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that weakens your immune system. There is currently no cure for HIV, but medication can reduce the amount of virus in the body and help you to stay healthy. Without treatment, your immune system can become too weak to fight off serious illnesses and you can become sick with life-threatening infections. This is the most serious stage of HIV infection, called AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).


How can I prevent the spread of HIV?

Practicing safer sex or safer drug use can help prevent the spread of HIV. Learn more about things you can do to decrease your risk and prevent the spread of HIV.


How can I get tested for HIV?

New provincial HIV testing guidelines recommend ALL adults in BC get tested for HIV. Learn more about the different types of HIV tests and how to find an HIV testing location near you.


What are the treatment options for someone who is HIV positive?

With appropriate treatment, HIV is now considered a chronic disease. HIV treatment not only extends life expectancy, but also stops the progression of HIV to AIDS and helps prevent the spread of HIV in the community. Learn more about current HIV treatments.


What is the STOP HIV/AIDS Program?

Since April 2013, the BC Ministry of Health has provided health authorities with additional funding to be used for HIV prevention, testing, and treatment and care activities. Island Health has a number of exciting initiatives underway as part of their STOP HIV/AIDS Program.  Learn more about the Island Health STOP HIV/AIDS Program.