Interior Health Authority is making HIV testing a regular part of routine medical screenings with a new program.
Merritt is one of the first three cities in the province to get the Stop HIV/AIDS program. It is expected to start up between September and November of this year.
The other two locations are Vernon and Trail.
Denise McKay, Interior Health's Stop HIV/AIDS project leader, told the Herald the program could potentially mark an end to HIV.
"I think this is a really exciting time because, for the first time in our history, we have the ability to change the course of HIV," McKay said.
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