There are different types of tests that help in diagnosing if a person is infected with HIV or not. Two most prominent ones are point-of-care testing (POCT) and the regular … Read Full Answer
Sharing needles raises the risk of transmission of blood borne pathogens, including Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). The most certain way of avoiding contamination is by … Read Full Answer
We are glad that you asked this very important question. HIV transmission through insect bites is one of the most common misconceptions. Everyone is at risk for getting bed bugs … Read Full Answer
You’re right, undetectable is a word that we use to describe when someone on HIV medications has a very low viral load. If someone is HIV positive they can manage … Read Full Answer
There are a few different types of tests that health care providers use to test for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). A pee test may be able to detect chlamydia or gonorrhea, but urine alone won’t give a complete picture of someone’s sexual health status. It’s recommended … Read Full Answer
You are correct that we recommend HIV testing every 5 years for sexually active Manitobans. Safer sex practices (including testing) are for all sexually active people regardless of their relationship status, gender, sexual orientation or whether they’ve ever had a sexually transmitted infection or not. Many people … Read Full Answer
In Manitoba anonymous HIV testing is available at Nine Circles Community Health Centre in Winnipeg or with Brandon Public Health. Both locations can send … Read Full Answer
U=U is great news when it comes to HIV prevention. In short, when someone living with HIV maintains an undetectable viral load, there is effectively no risk that they will transmit HIV to their partner through condomless sex … Read Full Answer
The two main ways that HIV is transmitted are through sex or sharing needles or other injection equipment. Sweat is not one of the fluids that can transmit HIV. You … Read Full Answer
Rashes are a pain. Symptoms like rashes though, are not used for diagnosing HIV or other STBBIs, as they may be caused by other infections or factors like soap or insects that you have mentioned … Read Full Answer
Congratulations on your new family member! You are one of the many HIV positive parents who give birth every year! With medical care and treatment, it is expected that an HIV positive parent(s) are able to have a child who is HIV negative … Read Full Answer
In most cases, there is no obligation to disclose (tell someone your HIV status) at universities or colleges. The only time when you are required to disclose is when there is a possibility of transmission. This largely applies to disclosure before sexual activity … Read Full Answer
Aspirin as a possible HIV prevention tool has been in the news recently and we are glad that you asked this question. A team of scientists are in the preliminary … Read Full Answer
Like most infections, the prevalence and incidence of HIV and syphilis have often fluctuated. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) observed a notable increase in syphilis infections between 2017 and … Read Full Answer
People who inject with needles (no matter what’s inside the needle) can be at risk of infections like HIV or Hep C if they are sharing any of their equipment or supply.
If you have ever shared steroids, needles, or other injecting equipment … Read Full Answer
What you’re asking about something we call a “window period.” The window period is time between potential exposure to infection and the point when the test will give an accurate result. The window period for the HIV test we use here in Manitoba is up to 3 months. … Read Full Answer
You’ve come to the right place for information after an HIV positive diagnosis.
The few next steps can include finding a local doctor who is experienced in treating HIV, learning about how to avoid transmitting HIV, discussing treatment, and taking care of yourself. … Read Full Answer
I am glad you’ve heard about PrEP, one of the HIV prevention tools available in Canada. PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and is a tool for HIV negative people who are at risk of HIV infection to reduce their risk of becoming infected.
PrEP involves taking anti-HIV medications (antiretrovirals) on a daily basis. … Read Full Answer