B.C. government kicks off AIDS conference with funding announcement (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

The B.C. government said it will put $2 million toward the Hope to Health Research Centre as a three-day international conference on the latest in HIV-related research opened Sunday in Vancouver.

B.C. researchers on the leading edge of the fight against HIV/AIDS (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Sixteen-year-old Nicole Ticea has wasted no time in throwing her considerable brains into the fight against AIDS.

The Vancouver high school student has launched her own company to develop a low-cost HIV test designed to give early-stage proof of whether a person has been infected with the AIDS virus.

Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and conference co-chair, says B.C. has developed a strategy that can beat the epidemic if the world’s governments make the financial commitment.

Paul Luke reports.

Ottawa shunning B.C. lead on AIDS (Dr. Julio Montaner)

B.C.’s successful policies for fighting HIV/AIDs are increasingly being adopted by other countries, but not by the Canadian government, says the director for the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

B.C.’s success halting AIDS epidemic seen as a model for others (Dr. Julio Montaner)

When 6,000 international experts in HIV/AIDS start arriving in Vancouver today for a biennial conference, many will optimistically talk about this point in time as pivotal.

As the beginning of the end of AIDS.

HIV Treatment as Prevention Saves Money Over Long Term (Dr. Bohdan Nosyk)

Expanding treatment as prevention is not only cost-effective over the long term, but when productivity gains are considered, it is cost-saving, a new study indicates.

In British Columbia, the only Canadian province that has adopted complete access, expanding antiretroviral therapy could save up to $65.5 million by 2035, said lead author Bohdan Nosyk, PhD, from the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, who is St. Paul's Hospital CANFAR Chair in HIV/AIDS Research at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Expanding Access to HAART Saves Millions in Health Care and Productivity Costs (Dr. Julio Montaner, BC-CfE)

A study published in The Lancet HIV by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) shows expanding Treatment as Prevention® (TasP®) could save up to $66.5 million over the next 25 years, compared with a scenario with reduced access to antiretroviral medication. The study finds expanded access to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has more than offset the additional costs of treatment, resulting in improved health outcomes and cost-savings.


World’s top HIV/AIDS researchers heading for Vancouver

UBC and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS is getting ready to welcome more than 6,000 of the world’s top HIV/AIDS researchers. Dr. Julio Montaner joined Aaron McArthur on BC1 to talk about the significance of the conference returning to Vancouver.

World’s top HIV/AIDS researchers converge on Vancouver (Dr. Julio Montaner)

UBC and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) will welcome more than 6,000 of the world’s leading HIV/AIDS experts to Vancouver next week. Researchers, clinicians, community leaders and public health experts will examine the latest scientific developments in HIV research at the 8th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment & Prevention.

Vancouver HIV-AIDS meeting seen as step towards goal of ending pandemic by 2030 (Dr. Julio Montaner)

More than 6,000 international experts on HIV-AIDS will gather in Vancouver this weekend to share the latest scientific advances in the fight to eradicate the disease, which first emerged almost 35 years ago and exploded into a global pandemic.

How antiretroviral drugs can suppress HIV, one pill at a time (Dr. Julio Montaner)

One afternoon last week, CDs, clothes, tools – as well as sex and drugs – were for sale on the sidewalks of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, the pungent scent of marijuana hanging in the air and stench of urine wafting out of alleys.


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