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Saskatchewan “Get Tested” Initiative

Key Challenges

Generally First Nation communities are hesitant to allow Western health care professionals to conduct testing due to pre-existing sociocultural barriers. Within the communities themselves, many PLHIV face discrimination, which further contributes to an unwillingness to get tested.

Few projects are currently in place to implement Point of Care Testing (POCT) in remote and rural centres and First Nation/Indigenous communities. Furthermore, there is a lack of care cascade data for rural communities as there is no provincial database.

Key Facts

  1. Educationworldnet. 2017. Saskatchewan: Location and Land. [Online]. [3 April 2017]. Available from: http://library.educationworld.net/canadafacts/sk_landmass.html.
  2. Brandon University. 2017. Health Care Access of Northern Residents. [Online]. [3 April 2017]. Available from: https://www.brandonu.ca/rdi/projects/health-care-access-of-northern-residents/.
  3. Canada, G. of and Canada, S. (2016) Aboriginal Peoples: Fact Sheet for Saskatchewan. Available at: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-656-x/89-656-x2016009-eng.htm (Accessed: 24 February 2017).
  4. Skhivca. 2017. Skhivcollaborative. [.Online]. [3 April 2017]. Available from: https://www.skhiv.ca/.
  5. CBC News. 2017. HIV Epidemic Sweeping Saskatchewan Reserves. [Online]. [3 April 2017]. Available from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/hiv-epidemic-sweeping-saskatchewan-reserves-1.3097212.
  6. CBC News. 2017. New HIV Infections On Sask. First Nations 11 Times Higher Than National Rate . [Online]. [3 April 2017]. Available from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/hiv-rates-on-sask-reserves-higher-than-some-african-nations-1.3097231.