"In Saskatchewan the estimates from 2016, based on the UN Aids 90-90-90 indicators, are that 30 percent of persons in Saskatchewan are unaware of their diagnosis".
It's crucial that people living with HIV begin treatment as soon as possible.
Appointments for the event on Thursday are on a first come first serve basis where those looking to get tested do not have to share any of their personal information.
Free condoms, games and prizes will be available to everyone.
A list of dates and locations for testing fairs and clinics is available on the Saskatchewan HIV Collaborative website.
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Dr. Laura Cheever from the Health Resources Services Administration says this is an opportunity to boost efforts on getting patients with treatment. Get tested. Parrish says there's no better time than World HIV Testing Day on June 27.
Réseau is also offering point-of-care testing (rapid finger prick test) on Testing Day. Werker said that's the preferred method in rural Saskatchewan, because the filter paper is easily transportable and has results ready within two weeks.
"Public knowledge has not always kept up with the science", said Tina Hoff, Senior Vice President and Director of Health Communications and Media Partnerships at KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation), in a prepared statement. "HIV-related travel restrictions fuel exclusion and intolerance by fostering the unsafe and false idea that people on the move spread disease", she added.
The advances in medical science will mean little to someone who doesn't know they are infected. "That is not true".
"In Saskatchewan the primary risk factor is injection drug use", said Werker. People living with HIV who reach and maintain what's called "viral suppression" (fewer than 200 copies of HIV per milliliter of blood) have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting HIV to an HIV-negative partner.