General HIV testing only solution to stop epidemic: Vancouver doctor (Dr. Julio Montaner)
A doctor in Vancouver is urging the Canadian government to test everyone across the country for HIV as a way to eliminate the epidemic.
Dr. Julio Montaner, the director of B.C.’s Centre for Excellence in HIV and AIDS, says about 15 to 25 percent of people infected with HIV in Canada are not aware they have it, which contributes to the spread of the virus.
“The reason why the HIV epidemic persists, among other reasons, is because there’s a substantial number of people that have the infection that are not aware that they have it, and even worse, they are not even suspecting that they could have it,” says Montaner.
Estefania Duran reports.