VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Gay and bisexual men in Vancouver can now get anonymous testing for sexually transmitted infections without having to go to a clinic to get the paperwork first thanks to a new pilot program from the BC Centre for Disease Control.
“It really does not require any connection with MSP, so someone testing through GetCheckedOnline does not have to present their CareCard or show any identification at LifeLabs when they present to give their samples,” says Devon Haag with the BCCDC.
It works like this: you go to the website, which allows you to print the form you need to get a test done at a private lab.
“People can go to one of six different participating LifeLabs locations in the Vancouver area to give their blood and urine samples and then when all the results are back, they get an e-mail telling them to login to GetCheckedOnline,” says Haag.
The pilot project is focusing on gay and bisexual men because they account for over half of new HIV infections each year.