B.C. HIV/AIDS doctor gains political support (Dr. Julio Montaner)
A Vancouver-based HIV/AIDS pioneer could soon see Canada back his internationally recognized HIV treatment – but only with the ouster of the Conservative government, which for nearly a decade has rebuffed his calls.
Last week, Julio Montaner, director of B.C.’s Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, wrote a letter to the leaders of Canada’s federal parties urging them to endorse an ambitious global target to help end the AIDS epidemic. Meeting the “90-90-90” target by 2020 “will lead to a 90 per cent reduction in the global burden of HIV/AIDS by 2030,” he wrote.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has embraced the target; the UN General Assembly on Sunday adopted it as the strategy for the global control of HIV/AIDS. Numerous countries, including the United States, China, South Africa, France and Spain, have already signed on.
Andrea Woo reports