What is the Manitoba HIV Program?
The Manitoba HIV Program provides information, specialized care, treatment, and support to over 1400 people living with HIV across the province. Our goal is to ensure that everyone who tests positive for HIV in Manitoba has the same standard of care and treatment regardless of where they live.
Any physician, nurse or health care provider can refer to the Manitoba HIV Program using the Referral Line. Referral Line staff will:
- Link the primary care provider to the specialist supports and resources needed to provide HIV care; and/or
- Link the Manitoban living with HIV to primary care and support services in their community
Refer a Patient
Refer to the Manitoba HIV Program if:
- You have diagnosed someone with HIV
- You have a patient living with HIV in your practice
Manitoba HIV Program Provider Network
The Manitoba HIV Program works with primary care providers throughout the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba to:
- Encourage and support routine HIV testing. Early diagnosis is key to reducing rates of HIV transmission and improving health outcomes
- Help link individuals requiring care and support to services, and/or provide consultation, education and resources to primary care providers in Manitoba
- Monitor and support access to the broad range of HIV-related primary care, treatment and support services to individuals in Manitoba
The Program has three sites for HIV care in Manitoba:
- Nine Circles Community Health Centre (Winnipeg)
- Health Sciences Centre outpatient clinic (Winnipeg)
- 7th Street Access Centre Prairie Mountain Health Region(Brandon)
PRIMARY CARE GUIDELINES
The Manitoba HIV Program recognizes the impact of high-quality primary care. Because HIV positive individuals have different primary care needs than those of the general population, it is important to familiarize yourself with the different care and treatment standards to ensure by working together, our clients receive the best care possible.
For rural, northern, or remote services, the Manitoba HIV Program uses eConsult Manitoba, a secure web based system that allows primary care providers to submit non-urgent patient specific questions to specialists and receive a response within 7 days.
PATIENT’S HIV STATUS
Routine HIV testing of all patients is key to ensuring all those living with HIV receive proper care and support. Normalizing HIV testing reduces stigma associated with HIV testing and infection, as well as increasing the proportion of people diagnosed with HIV during the acute phase.