GetCheckedOnline is an internet-based testing service for sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV, currently available through LifeLabs in select communities in BC.
Operated by Clinical Prevention Services, GetCheckedOnline is a novel and innovative approach to reducing the barriers that many people face in accessing STI and HIV testing in BC. An extension of the clinical services provided by BCCDC, GetCheckedOnline is a “virtual clinic”, meant to complement traditional clinic-based testing. Clients can now test for STI and HIV without having to visit a doctor or nurse in person, and without having to show their Care Card or other identification.
How it works
Through the GetCheckedOnline website, clients can create an account, answer some sexual history questions, and print a lab form for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV and (for some people) hepatitis C testing. Clients then bring their printed lab forms to a participating LifeLabs collection centre to give blood and urine specimens, and if eligible, to pick up a self-collection kit for throat/rectal swabs. All testing is done at the Public Health Lab at BCCDC and clients receive an email notification when their results are ready. If all results are negative, they can be viewed online. Positive results are delivered over the phone or in person by a BCCDC nurse, and follow-up care is managed by BCCDC.
Where it's available
GetCheckedOnline was launched with a focus on attendees and turn-aways of BCCDC STI clinics and Health Initiative for Men (HIM) health centres, and on gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Vancouver. The program has expanded to select communities on Vancouver Island (Victoria, Langford, Duncan) and in the BC Interior (Kamloops, Nelson). Specimen collection is available at 11 LifeLabs locations in BC. Currently, a code is needed to create an account on GetCheckedOnline; codes are provided by BCCDC, HIM and through promotional campaigns in Island Health and Interior Health.