Expert urges national plan to improve HIV treatment (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A new study has found that Canadians diagnosed with HIV are living longer than ever, but continued inequalities in life expectancy across the country have one researcher calling for a national HIV/AIDS strategy.

The study, from the Canadian Observational Cohort Collaboration, indicated the overall life expectancy of Canadians undergoing antiretroviral treatment for the AIDS-causing virus had climbed to 65 years - about a 16-year jump since 2000.

The federal government would do well to adopt a nationwide strategy similar to the one in place in British Columbia, with its emphasis on early treatment and prevention, said Robert Hogg, a senior scientist at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Geordon Omand reports.

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