AIDS confab highlights treatment and prevention (Dr. Julio Montaner)

The 2015 International AIDS Society conference will be remembered as a milestone in the global effort to eliminate new infections and expand treatment to everyone living with HIV worldwide, experts said this week in Vancouver.

Many recalled that Vancouver was also the site of the 1996 International AIDS Conference, where researchers presented the first study results that ushered in the era of effective combination antiretroviral treatment that saved countless lives.

“IAS 2015 will be remembered as the definitive moment when the world agreed that earlier initiation of treatment is the best way to preserve the health of people living with HIV and one of the best tools we have to slow HIV transmission to others,” said conference Co-Chair Julio Montaner from the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Liz Highleyman reports.

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