Dr. Peter Centre helping Vancouver lead global fight against HIV/AIDS (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Neil Self found out he was HIV-positive 25 years ago following a routine test. He learned of his diagnosis in the morning and continued on to work, as a grocery store cashier, in a state of disbelief.

“I wasn’t expecting [the test] to come up with that at all,” said Mr. Self, now vice-chair of Positive Living BC, in an interview on Tuesday, World AIDS Day. “I was in shock. I don’t even remember that day at all. I don’t know how effective I was at work.”

Julio Montaner, who pioneered the treatment, said he is buoyed by election of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, which has endorsed the target. As has Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Andrea Woo reports.

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