Top HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Julio Montaner slams Ottawa for ignoring B.C.'s successful treatment
For Dr. Julio Montaner, this week's closure of the dedicated AIDS ward at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver carried double-edged symbolism.
The director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS helped shape the pioneering treatments that have cut AIDS cases so sharply that the ward is no longer necessary. But he remains frustrated that B.C.'s proven strategy, dubbed treatment as prevention, isn't being adopted elsewhere in Canada.
He blames Ottawa for failing to lead the fight against what he considers a national epidemic.
“I have written to the prime minister or the health minister every year starting in 2006 and outlined the progress that we have made,” Montaner said in an interview with Yahoo Canada News.
“All I get is a form response, thank you but no thank you. This is a matter we’re leaving to provincial jurisdiction.”
Steve Mertl Reports
Tiko Kerr, Vancouver Artist and patient of Dr. Julio Montaner