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New HIV/AIDs Clinic To Open In Montreal

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LACTUEL SUR RUE MONTREAL
In this photo taken by AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Whitney Hynes preps an AIDS rapid results test during the "Condom Nation" tour on Thursday March 15, 2012 in Dallas. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation launched a "Condom Nation" tour to help promote condom use in effort to reduce the HIV/AIDS infection rate. The initiative, which also involves free screenings and education sessions, spans 20-states, during a six-month nationwide tour. (Amy Gutierrez/AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Found | AP

Doctor Rejean Thomas, a pioneer in HIV and AIDS research, is opening a new clinic in Montreal's Gay Village.

L'Actuel Sur Rue will be located on Montreal's busy Sainte Catherine Street in the heart of the Gay Village.

Thomas already runs two other testing clinics in Montreal, but believes Quebecers should have more options when it comes to taking care of their sexual health.

The doctor said 25 per cent of people who are HIV-positive in Quebec do not know of their condition. About 50 per cent of people with Hepatitis C are also unaware of their infection.

Anybody will be allowed to walk into the clinic, either to learn more about HIV and AIDS, or to get tested.

Visibility is a crucial aspect for this new clinic, according to officials.

The centre will be at street-level, some say it will remind people they should be getting tested.

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