HIV/AIDS

Vancouver doctor endorses plan as chief architect of new UN global strategy to fight AIDS (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Vancouver doctor and world-renowned AIDS researcher Dr. Julio Montaner sat in United Nations general assembly in New York on Thursday as the UN endorsed an ambitious new plan to fight the AIDS epidemic globally, and end the epidemic by 2030.

In Surrey, "harm reduction" drug approaches a hard sell (Dr. M-J Milloy, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

On May 22, Ann Livingston signed the lease for a bubble tea cafe in the heart of Surrey's illicit drug market.

The end of AIDS? (Dr. Julio Montaner)

It sounds like very good news. The United Nations announced triumphantly this summer, in the run up to yet another global conference on the disease, that it will be possible to see “the end of AIDS” by 2030.

Services for HIV patients still needed, despite victories against AIDS (St. Paul’s Hosptial)

Bill McGuire says he would be dead today had staff at the Dr. Peter Centre not fought to get him admitted there.

McGuire, 56, has both HIV and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease severe enough that he has to travel with an oxygen tank. A former drug addict with no family and few friends in Vancouver, McGuire had little ability to care for himself and manage his health conditions and ended up in hospital multiple times as a result.

Advocates say Vancouver's harm reduction push has left out crack users (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Down the hall from the supervised injection room at Insite, there’s a mostly unused space that years ago was haphazardly filled with boxes.

Unique for a storage space, it’s outfitted to accommodate heavy air-handling units powerful enough to create negative room pressure.

Vancouver's addiction ambitions, revisited (Dr. Thomas Kerr, Dr. Evan Wood)

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, drug policy pulsed at the heart of Vancouver's municipal politics. In 2002, Larry Campbell, the former RCMP officer turned chief coroner, carried his newly adopted COPE party into city hall by campaigning on a harm reduction platform. These ideas—clean needle distribution, supervised injection sites, and methadone—were presented as pragmatic solutions to the harms associated with drug use.

UN adopts BC doctor’s HIV strategy (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Health Headlines, Sept. 29 – Oct. 3

Sep. 29 – The United Nations has formally adopted the HIV strategy of Vancouver doctor Dr. Julio Montaner.

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The 90-90-90 solution to AIDS pandemic

The AIDS world is dealing with something unprecedented: good news.

Bear in mind that good is a relative term, especially when dealing with the worst pandemic in human history. But the data are still noteworthy:

AIDS 2014: Julio Montaner on the proposed 90-90-90 strategy to help end HIV

IFARA spoke with Julio Montaner, M.D., the director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, about HIV treatment advocacy and the proposed 90-90-90 HIV strategy. Now that the 15 by 2015 campaign's health care targets are almost upon us, advocates have proposed that the United Nations adopt new goals: By 2020, 90% of HIV-affected people globally should have been tested, 90% of those infected should be receiving the best possible, sustained treatment, and 90% of those on treatment should be long-term virally suppressed.

How Julio Montaner set the standard for AIDS treatment

Julio Montaner’s medical breakthroughs have helped save millions of lives. Many were inspired by one simple piece of advice from his father.

Dr. Montaner’s dad was a noted pulmonary specialist and expert on tuberculosis, which was a problem in their native Argentina. Julio Gonzalez Montaner told his son to treat the stubborn respiratory disease with a combination of drugs—one alone was not enough.

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