HIV/AIDS

Supportive housing key in battling HIV, study says (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Setting up Vancouver’s homeless HIV patients with supportive housing could dramatically increase the number who stick with anti-retroviral drugs that can reduce the disease to undetectable levels and prevent transmission to others, according to a new study presented on Tuesday at an international HIV/AIDS conference.

Opioid Substitution Saves Lives of HIV-Positive Drug Users

The introduction of opioid agonist therapy — also known as methadone maintenance treatment — has led to a dramatic decrease in HIV- and drug-related mortality in HIV-positive injection drug users, researchers report.

Groundbreaking BC research into HIV-AIDS

A major HIV-Aids conference in Vancouver is also a celebration of the ground-breaking BC research that has helped end the world-wide epidemic. Elaine Yong reports.Today’s News Hour on Global BC Health Headlines brought to you by Pharmasave.

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Start HIV Treatment Without Delay: Study (Dr. Julio Montaner)

A long-standing question in HIV care has been answered: triple-drug therapy should begin as soon as possible.

Dr. Wood talks HIV treatment and prevention

Studies Confirm That Early Drugs Halt AIDS, Prevent Spread (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Two big studies detailed Monday confirm that earlier treatment for the AIDS virus not only keeps people healthy, but prevents them from infecting others.

IAS 2015: START Trial Provides Definitive Evidence of Benefits of Early HIV Treatment (Dr. Julio Montaner)

People who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) immediately after an HIV diagnosis — while their CD4 T-cell count is still high — rather than waiting until it falls below 350 cells/mm3 have a significantly lower risk of illness and death, according to long-awaited findings from the START trial presented at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference this week in Vancouver and published simultaneously in the July 20 advance edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

HIV-AIDS experts call for governments worldwide to commit to immediate treatment

Experts on HIV-AIDS gathered in Vancouver are calling on political leaders worldwide to take action to help end the global epidemic.

Doctors call for wider use of drug that can prevent HIV infection (Dr. Julio Montaner)

International HIV/AIDS experts meeting in Vancouver are calling for wider use of a drug that can prevent HIV infection among those who engage in high-risk sex and are not infected with the virus.

But there are unanswered questions about the one-pill-a-day preventive treatment, including who should pay and whether broad use of it could fuel a surge in already-rampant levels of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.

The science is in. And Insite works. (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

With his steel-grey hair and spectacles, he looks more like a country doctor than a trouble-maker, yet here is Dr. Julio Montaner cracking open what Health Minister Rona Ambrose and indeed the entire federal Conservative government consider the very gates of hell.

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