Community Services

Drug Checking
(Central Okanagan

Kelowna

Living Positive Resource Centre

255 Lawrence Avenue (Drop In Services)

Drug Checking Hours:

Monday to Friday
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

FTIR and Benzo strips - Wednesdays 2pm - 6pm.

Samples can be dropped off other days during drop in hours.
 

Type of tests:

  • Take Home Fentanyl Test Strip

  • Onsite Fentanyl Test Strip

  • Benzodiazepine Test Strip

  • FTIR


Call 778-753-5830 to find out more. 

UBCO Harm Reduction Program 

Servicing Penticton & West Kelowna as well. 

Type of tests:

  • Onsite Fentanyl Test Strip

  • FTIR

  • Benzodiazepine Test Strip

Call 250-864-1431 to find out more. 

Supervised Consumption Service (downtown)

455 Leon Avenue (parking lot behind Outreach Urban Health)
Drop in - also provides supervised space to inject substances

Drug Checking Hours:

7 days per week
12:30 pm to 5:30 pm

 

Type of tests:

  • Onsite Fentanyl Test Strip

  • Take Home Fentanyl Test Strip

  • Benzodiazepine Test Strip

Supervised Consumption Service (Rutland)

125 Park Road (side of Rutland Community Dialysis Centre)
Drop in - also provides supervised space to inject substances

Drug Checking Hours:

7 days per week
7 pm to 11:30 pm

 

Type of tests:

  • Onsite Fentanyl Test Strip

  • Take Home Fentanyl Test Strip

  • Benzodiazepine Test Strip

Mental Health & Substance Use (OD Prevention Nurse)

505 Doyle Ave

Drug Checking Hours:

Monday - Friday

8:30am to 4:30pm
 

Drug Checking (Kootenays & Other Surrounding Areas)

For more info on drug checking services near you, visit https://drugchecking.ca/#locations for more information. 

HIV/STI Testing

You must be HIV-Negative to start PrEP, this is VERY important.
 

If you would like to get an HIV test in the Interior of BC there are a few options:

HIV Self-Testing Kits

Available at any pick-up location that carries the self-testing kits. In the Okanagan, they are currently located at Living Positive Resource Centre. To learn more about the HIV Self-Testing Kits and pick-up locations near you, go to www.readytoknow.ca/ready-get-a-kit/pickup-locations/ for more info. 


STOP HIV NURSES

1-866-778-7736

Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Available throughout the Interior of BC. Free and confidential. They can arrange to travel to you and provide testing, resources, and support around HIV.


OPTIONS FOR SEXUAL HEALTH

1-800-739-7367

Mon-Thurs 6pm-9pm
Multiple locations throughout the Interior of BC & some offer HIV testing.

Visit www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/providers or call the number above for more info. 

No labs drawn on-site (only swabs/urine tests)

 

Outreach Urban Health

1649 Pandosy St. Kelowna BC

250-868-2230

Mon-Fri (Appointments Preferred)

Labs drawn on-site

 

Health Outreach Nurse (HONs)

250-808-1767

Mon-Thurs (appointment only)

Full HIV/STI screening and instant HIV test option

Labs drawn on-site

HOSPITAL EMERGENCY
If the above options do not exist in your area, you can also get a test at your local hospital emergency. This may not be the most desirable location but is a service that is available - even if it's not an emergency. They also have PEP available if you believe you have been infected with HIV within the last 72hrs - which is an emergency, as PEP (not PrEP) can be used after exposure to HIV.

BC STI CLINIC FINDER

Please refer to the interactive BC Map below to be able to find sexual health services closest to you.

Thanks to the folks at BC Centre for Disease Control and SmartSex Resource for making this handy tool available to use on our MHI website.

PrEP Options
(Central Okanagan)

You must be HIV-Negative to start PrEP, this is VERY important.
 

If you would like to start PrEP in the Interior of BC there are a few options:

Tele-PrEP

604-707-5600

The Tele-PrEP program provides a convenient and innovative way to access PrEP. Tele-PrEP providers are licensed healthcare professionals who can set you up with PrEP services via your phone, tablet, or computer. Tele-PrEP providers follow federal HIPAA guidelines in protecting your privacy and confidential health information, as well as, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) best practice guidelines for PrEP services.

Outreach Urban Health

1649 Pandosy St. Kelowna BC

250-868-2230

- Clients are able to see a physician there even if they are already "attached" to           another GP in the community.

- Clients simply call the clinic and request to make an appointment with a                   physician for PrEP.

Guisachan Family Medicine

105-2395 Gordon Drive Kelowna BC

250-860-5888

- Clients are able to see a physician there and access PrEP even if they are already     "attached" to another GP in the community.

- Clients simply call the clinic and request to see a physician that prescribes PrEP.

Westside Medical Associates

Dr. Lilian Shyman

103-1135 Stevens Road, West Kelowna

250-786-6920

- Clients are able to see Dr. Shyman even if they are already "attached" to another     GP in the community. 

- Clients simply call the clinic and request to make an appointment with Dr.               Shyman for PrEP. 

PrEP Resources

The website below can be used to support MSM who are at risk of HIV to understand and how to use PrEP. They include factsheets, pamphlets, booklets, videos, and tools, among other resources.

https://www.catie.ca/en/prep/clients#msm

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