HIV/AIDS series: Thousands in BC infected and don’t know it

Thousands of people in B.C. — including as many as 200 on Vancouver Island — are infected with HIV and don’t know it. The B.C. Ministry of Health is concerned that about 3,500 people unaware they have the virus might infect others and delay their own treatment. There are already 11,700 known cases of HIV in B.C. as of 2011, including 888 on the Island as of 2012. People might be unaware they have HIV because they don’t engage in any of the behaviours at highest risk for contact with the virus, such as unprotected sex between men or intravenous-drug use, said Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Read full story here