Opioid substitution therapy reduces HIV-, drug-related mortality among individuals with HIV, drug addiction

Study findings presented at the 2015 International AIDS Society Conference show that individuals with HIV who inject drugs had lower HIV- and drug-related mortality after receiving opioid substitution treatment.

Pope Calls for Unity in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Advances in the treatment of HIV/AIDS “give witness to the possibilities for beneficial outcome when all sectors of society unite in common purpose.”

This Is the Way to Beat AIDS (Dr. Julio Montaner)

This week's International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference, hosted in Vancouver for the first time in nearly two decades, marks yet another milestone. The gold standard in HIV treatment (highly active antiretroviral therapy or HAART) was first introduced at the 1996 Vancouver IAS Conference. This was a pivotal moment, when HIV infection became a chronic manageable condition.

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.

HIV/AIDS fight advancing on multiple fronts, according to researchers (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Trying to eradicate HIV from all parts of the body has been “devilishly difficult,” says the president of the International AIDS Society (IAS).

‘Social cohesion’ help sex workers say no to risky transactions: study (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

The more female sex workers feel connected to their colleagues, the less they engage in risky transactions with clients who refuse to wear condoms, according to a new study urging the Conservative federal government to repeal its anti-prostitution law.

Brazil Redoubles Efforts Against HIV and AIDS; Signs Letter of Intent with BC-CfE at the 2015 IAS Conference

At the 2015 International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference, the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and the Government of Brazil signed a Letter of Intent in which Brazil confirmed its commitment to expanding access to lifesaving antiretroviral therapy across the country. Brazil began implementing Treatment as Prevention® (TasP®) in December 2013, a concept pioneered by Director Dr. Julio Montaner at the BC-CfE and introduced at the 2006 IAS Conference.

Number of Canadian babies born with HIV now near zero (Dr. Joel Singer)

Canada has virtually eliminated the incidence of mothers passing HIV to their infants at birth, primarily because of high rates of prenatal testing and ready access to drug treatment that subdues the infection, researchers say.

Editorial: B.C. exemplary in AIDS fight (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

British Columbia’s record of combating AIDS has been recognized internationally, and its policies are being adopted by countries around the world, but not by the Canadian government. Ottawa should create and implement national strategies on HIV/AIDS, using B.C.’s policies as a template. 

Mother-to-child HIV transmission almost eliminated in Canada (Dr. Joel Singer)

Canada has almost entirely ended mother-to-child HIV transmission, thanks to increased screenings and treatment during pregnancy, researchers said Wednesday.


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