The Fort St. John Women's Resource Society and Positive Living North are encouraging residents to get tested for HIV as a part of Sexual Health Week later this month.
The society will be hosting a health fair and barbecue on June 27 to mark the week, as well as National HIV Testing Day.
"It's important for us as a community to know our community sexual health status so that we can provide adequate support and medication for those that are affected," the society stated in a news release.
"Medicine and supports have come a long way in the last few years and we want to make sure that our community has access to these resources."
The Options for Sexual Health clinic closed its doors in Fort St. John years ago, making easily accessible testing difficult for residents to access, the society said. One in five Canadians living with HIV are unaware they have it, the society said.
Public events such as the one planned for June 27 help to break down stigmas, which is the largest barrier to testing, the society said.
Testing for HIV, HCV, and syphilis will be available at The Healing Place at 10045-100 Avenue next to the women's resource society, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A barbecue and health fair will be held at 100 and 100 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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