STI TESTING OPTIONS
IN BC's INTERIOR
Currently there are no Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing clinics in the Interior Health Authority region. These services did exist prior to 2011, but after shutting down the many STI testing clinics, it is now expected that you see your primary health practitioner (Doctor or Registered Nurse) for any STI testing needs.
As this is not an option for many guys, we have to rely on various services that exist in and outside of our region - some of which may or may not be trained around cultural sensitivities for MSM, some of which only offer a limited scope of STI testing, and some of which are a long drive away from where we live.
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
PRICK! - A project from MHI that provides private and confidential on-the-spot STI and HIV testing event for all 'guys who like guys.' Limited availability in Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops with hopes of further expansion. Check out our PRICK! page on this site.
Interior Health Outreach Team - Provides HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C testing partner notification, referrals, counselling, medication adherence support, and HIV education for individuals and groups. The team is available to provide service to all Interior Health communities Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To connect with a Health Outreach Nurse call toll free 1-866-778-7736.
Options for Sexual Health - A non-profit organization that offers limited evening clinics in various communities through-out BC including those in the interior, including: Castlegar, Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Golden, Grand Forks, Invermere, Kaslo, Kelowna, Lumby, Midway, Nakusp, Nelson, Penticton, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Trail, Vernon and West Kelowna, call 1-800-739-7367 to make an appointment
Get Checked Online - Currently only available in Kamloops and Nelson for testing of chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, syphilis and hepatitis C. You can set up a lab form from home on your computer (you will need a printer) and then take it to a participating LifeLabs site to give your samples.
Valley Medical Labs - provides On Demand HIV Testing at their locations throughout the Okanagan including: Kelowna, Osoyoos, Penticton, Vernon and Winfield. You can print the HIV requisition form at home via the VML website, or just ask for an HIV test at any of their clinic locations.
Emergency Department - Many of you may not have any of the above choices available to you and may consider visiting your local hospital emergency department to be assessed and tested for STIs, The link from this heading provides the addresses and phone numbers of Interior Health hospitals.
Health Initiatives for Men - A great organization with full STI testing clinics specifically for MSM, available in various locations in and around Vancouver. If you are considering a trip to the coast you may want to check HIM out.