Made-in-Canada HIV/AIDS treatment embraced by everyone but Canada (Dr. Julio Montaner)

A made-in-Canada approach to tackling the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been endorsed by the United Nations for use around the world but has yet to gain the support of the Canadian government.

It’s been a vindicating and frustrating week for Julio Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Montaner’s a pioneer of the “treatment as prevention” form of attacking HIV. It’s predicated on the idea of giving highly active antiretroviral therapy to everyone infected with HIV, even if they aren’t showing signs of illness yet. It also advocates giving similar treatment to people deemed to be at high risk of contracting HIV.

Anna Mehler Paperny reports.

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