Supportive housing key in battling HIV, study says (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Setting up Vancouver’s homeless HIV patients with supportive housing could dramatically increase the number who stick with anti-retroviral drugs that can reduce the disease to undetectable levels and prevent transmission to others, according to a new study presented on Tuesday at an international HIV/AIDS conference.

The finding underscores the importance of a housing-first model for the most marginalized patients, who often have mental-health and addiction issues, according to the lead author of a study by U.S. and Canadian researchers presented at the International AIDS Society conference.

In tests at a clinic at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS a month after each interview, researchers recorded the level of the virus detected in the anonymous subjects.

Mike Hager reports.

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