In the 30th anniversary of the World AIDS Day, the fight against the virus that causes the disease is marked in New Scotland with an important increase in the number of infections.
In late November, there were 25 new cases of HIV infection in the province. There were 15 worldwide in 2017.
The preoccupation among public health officials is that unconnected infections spread among some of the vulnerable people in Halifax – people who use injections.
The other primary group affected are men who have sex with humans.
According to the World Health Organization, one of four people with HIV does not know they have it. Once considered a fatal illness, AIDS can be manageable, but chronic, condition.
But it's also mostly impossible.
Try results on the site
In World AIDS Day, a pop-up clinic for testing people for HIV and Hepatitis C was held at Mainline, Halifax & Needle exchange.
Lisa Barrett, an infectious ill specialist, managed the tests. Of the 20 clients who marched in Mainline, 15 agreed to be tried. A fingerprint test provides results within minutes.
Although the tests meant to give up on Saturday morning, Barrett said it was necessary.
"We just do not want to wait," she said. "We know that this boom can not wait."
She said that all the tests were negative, but it was a long time spent, because information was shared with HIV-preventive drug clients, PrEP, pre-exposure defamation.
Ten people have approval of Pharmacare
Since July, PrEP, which costs $ 260 per month, was available for low income from Nova Scotia through Pharmacare coverage.
But Matt Numer, a health care professor in Dalhousie University and president of the PrEP's acting committee, said the province must provide the pre-requisite care for all new people who need it with universal coverage.
Special Speaker said that in mid-October, 10 patients received a Pharmacare approval for PrEP.
But Numer said that many more people needed the drug but they can not afford it. He estimates it between 200-500 people.
Universal coverage in western provinces
British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan provide universal coverage.
Numer said that the total cost of patient patient's cost is about 1.3 million dollars. Providing the drug, he said, is fiscal and socially responsible when it comes to cases and people ask for medication.
"These signals that something happens, and we really need to answer that," he said.
On Thursday, Health Minister Randy Delorey confirmed the ear in cases of HIV infection, adding it to "the still condition we are interested in."
He said the department talks to groups about how Pharmacare is about PrEP and looks at other opportunities to support damage and reduce the possibility of transmission.
Numer said that there are many consultations and now it's triggering action. "Why do we lose our money by asking for answers that we already know," said Numer.