B.C.’s success halting AIDS epidemic seen as a model for others (Dr. Julio Montaner)
When 6,000 international experts in HIV/AIDS start arriving in Vancouver today for a biennial conference, many will optimistically talk about this point in time as pivotal.
As the beginning of the end of AIDS.
B.C.’s success in halting the HIV/AIDS epidemic is viewed as a model for other jurisdictions. It came about through a dedicated B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CFE) based at St. Paul’s Hospital. It still has about 300 clinicians and researchers who’ve done groundbreaking research showing, among other things, that large-scale testing for HIV, along with early diagnosis and free, timely access to antiviral treatment, helps stop the spread of disease and virtually eliminates deaths from AIDS.
Pamela Fayerman reports.
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