1st HIV self-test approved in Canada


Federal regulators have approved the first HIV self-test in Canada, a long-awaited move that experts have said is critical to reaching people who don’t know they have the virus.

Health Canada granted a medical device licence on Monday to a one-minute, finger-prick blood test manufactured by Richmond, B.C.-based bioLytical Laboratories.

Canada follows dozens of other countries in greenlighting the technology, which has been endorsed by the World Health Organization as a tool to reduce the number of people with undiagnosed HIV.

The principal investigator of a study that was submitted to regulators as part of their review says the approval of HIV self-testing could “open incredible doors” to increasing access to life-extending treatments and preventing the spread of infection in Canada.

Dr. Sean Rourke, a scientist with the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, says he’s working with community organizations across the country to launch a tele-health program in January that will distribute 60,000 self-tests and connect people with care.

Rourke says the need for self-testing has become even more important as a recent survey of roughly 300 front-line providers suggests the COVID-19 crisis has cut access to clinical HIV testing services nearly in half.

Latest articles

First Country Holiday Edition: New Original Christmas Music From Dan + Shay, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton & More

Reigning CMA duo of the year Dan + Shay’s two originals this year serve as flip sides of the same coin: one spritely,...

Iranian state TV says scientist tied to nuclear program has been killed

An Iranian scientist that Israel alleged led the Islamic Republic's military nuclear program until its disbanding in the early 2000s was "assassinated" Friday,...

Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Deal Means More Than Meets the Eye

Credit: President.az, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons ...

Could the Pill Reduce Asthma Attacks?

By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter ...

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here