Despite rare case of cured HIV patient, B.C. charities say support still vital (Dr. Julio Montaner)

HIV/AIDS charities in B.C. are reiterating their continued need for support after a patient who was declared “functionally cured” recently made global headlines.

In early March, a man who had HIV known as “the London patient” was found to have no trace of the virus nearly three years after receiving a bone marrow transplant from a donor with a rare, HIV-resistant gene mutation.

New infections are at an all-time low in B.C. and patients are living longer than ever, according to researcher Dr. Julio Montaner at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Lien Yeung reports

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