Originally Posted: 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Where in Vancouver can I get a PCR RNA test for HIV?


Thank-you for choosing AIDS Vancouver as your resource for HIV related information.
The PCR RNA test is not regularly available in Vancouver and unfortunately cannot be requested. This test is used by Canadian Blood Services to screen all blood and organ donations.
A similar test available, in that it checks for the viral RNA is the NAAT (pooled) RNA test or "Early Test". This test can be taken 10-12 days post exposure and is 90% accurate. At 6 weeks it is 95-98% accurate and 99% accurate at 12 weeks but this is only available to men who have sex with men (MSM). If you are female and have had a high risk exposure (unprotected sex with someone who is known to be HIV+, you may be able to get a 4th Generation Test but again, this is not available upon request).
Within the Greater Vancouver Area the NAAT RNA test is available for MSM at:
655 West 12th Ave
Appointments are recommended but clients may be seen on a walk in basis.
HIM - Health Initiative for Men
421-1033 Davie St.
Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 9pm
Friday: 11am - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 3pm
Drop in or appointments are available.
Pender Health Unit
59 West Pender
Mon-Fri 9.30-11.30am for booked appts
Mon-Fri 1-3pm for walk-in
Should you have any other questions please contact us again!
Best wishes,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

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