Brazil Redoubles Efforts Against HIV and AIDS; Signs Letter of Intent with BC-CfE at the 2015 IAS Conference
At the 2015 International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference, the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and the Government of Brazil signed a Letter of Intent in which Brazil confirmed its commitment to expanding access to lifesaving antiretroviral therapy across the country. Brazil began implementing Treatment as Prevention® (TasP®) in December 2013, a concept pioneered by Director Dr. Julio Montaner at the BC-CfE and introduced at the 2006 IAS Conference.
TasP® calls for early and widespread testing, and the immediate offer of HIV treatment to those who are diagnosed with HIV. On sustained treatment, people living with HIV can achieve an undetectable viral load, live longer and are unlikely to transmit HIV.
The Letter of Intent was signed at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, the world’s largest open scientific conference on HIV/AIDS and related issues. The last time the IAS Conference was in Vancouver, in 1996, Dr. Montaner introduced the lifesaving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) – which is now the gold standard in HIV treatment.
BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Scott MacDonald, Providence Crosstown Clinic