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HIV Testing, Treatment and Support

Knowing if you have HIV is the most powerful thing you can do in reducing the spread of HIV.

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1. Who should get tested

Anyone can become infected with HIV regardless of:

  • Age;
  • Gender;
  • Sexual orientation; or 
  • Race or ethic origin.

Knowing if you have HIV means you can seek treatment and protect your partner or partners.  If HIV is present in your body, you can pass it on to other people even if you feel perfectly healthy. 

If you get tested and you do not have HIV, you can protect yourself from future infection.

It is important that you get tested for HIV early, before you become sick. Many people who are diagnosed early and take their medication can live healthy lives.

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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.

Learn more about HIV standard testing in this client info sheet.

HIV point of care testing

Point of care HIV tests are rapid screening tests that may be an option for you. 

  • You get preliminary results on the same day. 
  • You will need to have a standard test to confirm the result.

A health care professional will be available to explain the test, help you understand the results, and offer counselling.

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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.

Anonymous testing clinics: 

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 Treatment

The Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) is Canada’s leading source for HIV and hepatitis C information.  HIV treatment and medications advance. Refer to the CATIE website for the most up-to-date information regarding HIV treatment.

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5. HIV-AIDS Support and Counselling Services

You can get advice and help to find HIV services from your doctor. Sexual health clinics and public health offices also offer counselling and referral services.

Community-based AIDS organizations offer a wide range of services including:
  • Support groups and services;
  • Emergency financial assistance;
  • HIV education and health promotion programs;
  • Harm reduction programs; and 
  • Referrals to other services.

For more information, you can contact the following community-based AIDS organizations funded by the Ministry of Health.  

AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan Inc.
2911 5th Avenue
Regina SK S4T 0L2
Phone: 306-924-8420 
Fax: 306-525-0904 

All Nations Hope Network
2735 - 5th Avenue 
Regina, SK S4T 024 
Phone: 306-924-8424
Fax: 306-525-0904 

AIDS Saskatoon

1143 Avenue F North, Saskatoon SK S7L 1X1 
Phone: 306-242-5005 
Toll Free: 1(800)667-6876 in Western Canada 
Fax: 306-665-9976 

Persons Living With AIDS Network of Saskatchewan Inc. 
127C Avenue D. North 
Saskatoon, SK  S7M 1M5
Phone: 306-373-7766 
Fax: 306-374-7746 

OUTSaskatoon Inc.
201 - 320 21st Street West
Saskatoon, SK S7M 4E6
Phone: 306-665-1224 
Fax: 306-665-1280 

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