Preventive medication for HIV will be free in B.C., starting January 1 (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Health Minister Adrian Dix has responded to concerns in the LGBT community that his government isn't doing enough to prevent HIV infections.

Today, Dix announced that people at high risk of contracting the retrovirus can receive a daily oral medication for free, starting on January 1.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, a.k.a. PrEP, has been recommended by the World Health Organization and theB.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS as a means to reduce transmission of HIV.

The government's move was applauded by Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Charlie Smith reports

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