Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS
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Frequently Asked Questions


 

 

Q: Where can I get tested for HIV (i.e. the virus that can lead to AIDS)?

A: You can be tested by any family doctor. The doctor can take the blood sample either in your name (nominal testing) or with a code (non-nominal testing). These tests are confidential, which means that your name and test results will not be known to others. However, the doctor will know your name and you may have to go to your local hospital to have your blood sample taken. (See below for anonymous testing information.) If you do not have a family doctor or would like to see a doctor other than your own, you can get the test through a walk-in clinic.

In the Halifax Metro area, you can also go to the Sexual Transmitted Diseases walk-in clinic for a non-nominal HIV test on Monday and Thursday evenings (902-473-2772) Sexual Transmitted Diseases walk-in clinic Web site.

You can also be tested where your name is never asked for. This is anonymous HIV testing . The blood is taken at the office or clinic and full pre- and post-test counseling is provided. Pre- and post-test counseling means that the doctor or nurse talks to you before and after you receive the test about how you feel, about HIV, and about HIV prevention.

To find Anonymous HIV testing in the Halifax area call the Halifax Sexual Health Centre at 455-9656 for details.

For Anonymous HIV testing in Sydney, Port Hawkesbury or Antigonish, call the AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton at (902) 567-1123 or toll free at 1-877-597-9255.

For more information on the various testing options available in Nova Scotia, visit Public Health Publications HIV Testing and Reporting in Nova Scotia (PDF).

 

Q: Where can I get more information on HIV/AIDS?

A: For information on the internet, go the LINKS site and select the options most suited to your area of interest.

If you would like to talk to someone, you can call the confidential Nova Scotia AIDS Information Line at 425-4882 or toll free at 1-800-566-2437 (Run by the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia between 10 AM – 4 PM Monday to Friday)

Or contact your local community AIDS service organization:
Sydney (902) 567-1766
Truro (902) 895-0931

First Nations Atlantic 492-4255 or toll free 1-800-565-4255

Q: What is a safe needle exchange program and where can I get information?

A: Safe needle programs are safe spaces to return drug using equipment (i.e. needles, crack pipes) and get new equipment. They work at a fixed location (from a building) and also go to other popular places in the city or town. Some other health and social services may be provided there. If they cannot provide the service, they will tell you where to find it. For Halifax and various parts of the mainland, call (902) 423-9991.

For Cape Breton Island, call 539-5556 or visit thier Web site.

Q: What is methadone maintenance treatment for opiate (drug) addiction and here can I get information on access to?

A:Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) is for people who are addicted to opiate drugs (i.e. heroin, Oxycontin). MMT can help people stop using opiate drugs and helps them lead healthier and more stable lives.

For Halifax and various parts of the mainland,

On Cape Breton Island and for the Antigonish-Guysborough area, call District Health Addiction Services at (902) 563-2043 or toll free 1-888-291-3535 or visit thier Web site.

Q: I am newly diagnosed with HIV or I have a bad scare with possible HIV infection, and I would like to talk to someone on a confidential basis.

A: There are many people available to take to you about HIV, whether you have just been diagnosed or had a scare with a possible infection. These talks will be confidential, which means that the person will not reveal your name or any information about you.

For the Support Coordinator at an AIDS Coalition:

  • In Halifax and other mainland areas, call (902) 425-4882 extension 225 or Toll-Free: 1-800-566-2437 Website: www.acns.ns.ca
  • On Cape Breton Island , call (902) 567-1766 Website: www.accb.ns.ca

Q: Where can I find a family physician, dentist or other health care worker comfortable with my HIV+ status?

A: There are often some doctors, dentists, and healthcare workers that have more experience working with people who are HIV+ than others. You may feel more comfortable going to see one of these professionals rather than one with less experience.

For the Support Coordinator at an AIDS Coalition:

  • In Halifax and other mainland areas, call (902) 425-4882 extension 225 or Toll-Free: 1-800-566-2437 Website: www.acns.ns.ca
  • On Cape Breton Island , call (902) 567-1766 Website: www.accb.ns.ca