Positive Result

Find resources for physicians and for patients on positive HIV results.

For Physicians

Positive Results Referral Options

Use this to determine the best referral options after a new HIV diagnosis for medical care and psychosocial supports.

Patient Discussion following a Positive Result PDF

When a standard HIV lab test is positive it is essential to provide clients with post-test information and follow-up. Read BC CDC guidelines (4 pages) on post-test discussion following a positive result.

Breaking Bad News PDF

This 2 page summary of the ‘SPIKES’ protocol for breaking bad news provides a framework for family physicians to use when delivering an HIV-positive result to a patient.

Lab requisitions for after new HIV diagnosis 

Print pre-filled requisition forms for (1) the recommended blood work following an HIV positive diagnosis, (2) HIV drug resistance (BC Genotype); and (3) Abacavir hypersensitivity (HLA-B*5701).

Patient Care Flow Sheets

Use this one page flow sheet, based on BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS guidelines, as a template for the management of your patients living with HIV.

Therapeutic Guidelines

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS has produced guidelines (~65 pages) to support care and treatment programs for people living with HIV. Last updated March 2011.

For Patients

Healthy Living Manual: for People Living with HIV PDF

The Healthy Living Manual (~90 pages) provides people living with HIV basic information about the virus, how to optimize their personal health, and how to approach a variety of HIV-related issues.

Living with HIV: Starting PointsPDF

This 12 page guidebook is for people newly diagnosed with HIV and provides information about what HIV is, how to stay healthy, what CD4 and viral load are, and what to do next.

Disclosure: Telling Someone You Are Living with HIV PDF

Booklet published by Positive Living BC to help people decide when and who to tell they are living with HIV, includes local resources.

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