B.C. doctor urges federal parties to back AIDS-treatment target (Dr. Julio Montaner)

A B.C. HIV/AIDS pioneer who has helped establish a standard of care for treatment and prevention that is used worldwide is calling on the leaders of Canada’s federal parties to endorse an ambitious global target for fighting AIDS.

In an open letter sent on Tuesday, Julio Montaner, director of B.C.’s Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, said committing to an initiative called the 90-90-90 target would be a significant step toward eliminating the disease.

The letter was sent to Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde.

Andrea Woo reports.

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