New B.C. HIV centre director has spent decades studying the virus (Dr. Zabrina Brumme)

Since high school, Dr. Zabrina Brumme has been fascinated with HIV, the “simple yet adaptable” virus that takes on drugs and the body’s immune system alike.

“I graduated from high school in the mid-1990s and that’s when HIV was its most destructive and scary, the point where it was the leading cause of death, for example, among adult males in the United States,” Brumme said.

On Monday, she begins her new job as director of the HIV/AIDS laboratory program at the B.C. Centre for Excellence.

Gordon Mcintyre reports

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