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HIV Information for Health Care Providers

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

HIV can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) if not treated.  There is no cure for HIV, but it can be treated with medication. When treated, people living with HIV can have the same healthy lives, relationships and children, as people without HIV.

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1. Saskatchewan HIV Collaborative

The Saskatchewan HIV Collaborative is a provincial committee with broad representation that provides expertise and advice on prevention, education, treatment and support services for communicable diseases, including HIV. The Collaborative includes representatives from the Ministry of Health, health system, First Nations Inuit Health Branch, Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority, Public Health Agency of Canada, an Elder and people living with HIV.

For more information visit the Saskatchewan HIV Collaborative website


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2. HIV Testing

Standard testing - the antibody test

The HIV antibody test is a blood test that tells you if you have been infected with HIV.

The body makes antibodies in response to infections. HIV antibodies are usually detected in the blood within 12 weeks after you have been infected with HIV.

If the test is positive, it means you are infected with HIV and can pass the virus on to others. The test does not tell when you became infected or when you will get sick.

A negative test means you are not infected. A test done before 12 weeks may not show correct results because it usually takes up to 12 weeks for your body to make HIV antibodies. Your health care provider will tell you if you need another test.

See client info sheet for more information on HIV standard testing. 

HIV point of care testing

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) point of care (POC) testing refers to the practice of providing pre-test counselling, post-test counselling and a preliminary HIV antibody result at the time of testing outside of a designated laboratory.

The Guidelines for the Use of HIV Point of Care (POC) Test Kits in Saskatchewan outline situations and settings where HIV POC testing should be considered, pre- and post-test counselling guidelines to accompany the test and the public health roles and responsibilities under The Public Health Act, 1994 in relation to HIV POC testing.  

For detailed information on how to set up a site to perform HIV POC testing and standard operating procedures, visit sdcl-testviewer.ehealthsask.ca/.



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3. Find HIV Testing Locations

There are many HIV testing locations all over Saskatchewan. You can search for the closest clinic nearest you, using our interactive map. 

Find HIV Testing Clinic

Anonymous HIV testing clinics

You can choose to get an anonymous HIV test, which means you are not required to use your real name.

You will get counselling before and after testing. Counsellors will give you information about HIV-AIDS, answer your questions and provide support to help you understand and deal with your test results.

See contact information on anonymous testing clinics below. 

101 - 15th Street 
Prince Albert SK 
Phone: 306-765-6540

2110 Hamilton Street
Regina SK
Phone: 306-766-7779 
Toll free: 1 800 268-9888
Call to book an appointment

100-310 Idylwyld Drive North
Saskatoon SK
Phone: 306-655-4642


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4. HIV Prevention

The Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) is Canada’s leading source for HIV and hepatitis C information. There are a number of ways to reduce the transmission of HIV, hepatitis C and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Refer to the CATIE website for the most up-to-date information regarding HIV prevention.

Prevention and Risk Reduction (PRR) programs are part of a comprehensive public health disease prevention strategy to reduce the spread of HIV, hepatitis C, and other blood-borne infections. The distribution of supplies is intended to reduce the sharing of used needles, syringes and other injecting equipment among people who use injection drugs.  The provision of PRR services in Saskatchewan is critically important due to the high prevalence of communicable disease attributed to injection drug use and other high-risk behaviours.

The Prevention and Risk Reduction Annual Report provides a summary of the available data regarding programs and services in Saskatchewan.  The report discusses and describes the rationale behind Prevention and Risk Reduction programs, best practices utilized, and the achievements made to date in these provincial programs.

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5. HIV Awareness

The fear of stigma makes it more difficult for people who are living with HIV to come to terms with their diagnosis and causes reluctance for individuals to access HIV testing, treatment, and care. 

In the following powerful videos, Saskatchewan people who have a close connection to HIV challenge the HIV stigma and encourage people to get tested and access treatment and support.

It's Different Now video (30'')

HIV is different now. Testing is easier. Prevention and treatment are better. Share the word and help end HIV.

More videos

To learn more about how stigma can negatively impact those affected by HIV and how it can be addressed, visit the AVERT website.

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6. Saskatchewan HIV-AIDS Reports

Every year, the Ministry of Health releases a report which includes statistical data on HIV-AIDS in the Saskatchewan. See reports

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7. Saskatchewan HIV Strategy 2010-2014

The Saskatchewan HIV Strategy 2010 – 2014 aimed to:
  • Reduce the number of new HIV cases;
  • Improve the quality of life for people living with HIV; and
  • Reduce the risk factors for HIV infection.
A strategy evaluation completed in June 2015 indicated that system improvements and increased resources positively impacted patient care and outcomes. 

Positive outcomes included:
  • increased testing and case finding;
  • targeted educational opportunities;
  • an enhanced focus on patient engagement;
  • improved access to multidisciplinary teams in rural and remote areas; and 
  • a decrease in health care utilization.

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