Family physician, North Battleford
Project: Increasing Offers of HIV Tests in The Battlefords
The HIV rate in Saskatchewan in 2015 was 13.9 per 100,000 compared to the 5.8 in Canada. 2016 rates in Saskatchewan have increased to 14.5 per 100 000. Testing is the first step of the HIV treatment cascade. The aim of Dr. Hamilton’s project was to increase HIV testing at all points of patient contact and to ensure that people living with HIV are diagnosed and linked to appropriate and accessible treatment and care. The goal is to increase the number of completed HIV tests in North Battleford by 50% by the beginning of November 2017.