A poster presented last week by Aidan Ablona at the STI&HIV World Congress challenged our assumptions about testing barriers in BC. We’d often heard that outside of the Vancouver area it was more difficult to access face-to-face testing due to fewer testing services, and that stigma related to STIs and getting tested was higher. In a survey of GetCheckedOnline clients, Aidan compared the experiences of these testing barriers clients from Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the Interior and in general, found few differences between these regions. In fact, where differences existed, they were typically lower in the clients completing the survey outside of Vancouver!
Check out Aidan’s poster for more info.