Ottawa shunning B.C. lead on AIDS (Dr. Julio Montaner)

B.C.’s successful policies for fighting HIV/AIDs are increasingly being adopted by other countries, but not by the Canadian government, says the director for the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Julio Montaner credits “unwavering support” by the B.C. Ministry of Health in seeing the provincial infection rate drop far below the national average. But he said that even as a special AIDS adviser to the United Nations, he can’t get Ottawa to adopt the strategies that made it happen.

A federal spokesman responded that the government supports the principles of B.C.’s plan, but that health care is primarily a provincial responsibility.

Katherine Dedyna reports.

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