HIV Foundation QLD partners with international experts

In an Australian first, the HIV Foundation Queensland (HIVFQ) has reached an agreement to partner with an overseas HIV/AIDS organisation to share knowledge and expertise with international experts.

A memorandum of understanding was signed today at the the 2014 International AIDS Conference between the HIVFQ and the Canada’s British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

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Peer Navigation Program at the John Ruedy Immunodeficiency Clinic (IDC)

Did you know that St. Paul’s Hospital has a Peer Navigation program run in partnership with Positive Living Society of BC for those newly diagnosed with HIV and people living with HIV in need emotional support or community referrals? It is the first and only program of its kind in Canada. We spoke with Glen Bradford, Manager of the Peer Navigation Program to learn more.

Providence’s BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS signs memorandum of understanding with the Queensland Government

Queensland and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS are joining forces to conquer HIV/AIDS.

Despite advances in AIDS treatment, stigma lingers

Stigma has stuck to AIDS from the very start. When the virus first began to emerge in the 1980s, it cut a wide swath through two groups that have historically faced their own stigma: gay men and intravenous drug users.

More than 30 years later, however, the face of AIDS has changed. Today’s new HIV patient is statistically likely to be a heterosexual African woman.

Addicts’ safe haven in Vancouver helps control HIV

Vancouver has been called the jewel of the Pacific Northwest. But the largest city in British Columbia, Canada, has a darker side. More than 4,000 intravenous drug users live in its downtown Eastside area, turning alleys around Hastings Street into open-drug markets and shooting galleries.

The community responded to the crisis by opening Insite, North America’s first supervised injection facility, in 2003.

Beth Mendelson reports

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Statement of Condolence on the tragic crash of flight MH17 and loss of Dr. Joep Lange

Providence Health Care and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS are shocked and saddened at the tragic news of the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, we offer our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends whose loved ones died on this flight. We are particularily stricken by the loss of our friend and colleague, Dutch HIV and AIDS Scientist Dr. Joep Lange and other attendees to the International AIDS Society’s 20th Annual conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: AIDS scientist Joep Lange did pioneering research with Canadians

The medical community lost one of its luminaries Thursday in the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 disaster, a pioneering AIDS researcher equally adept at examining assays in the laboratory and browbeating politicians on the world stage.

Joep Lange, a Dutch physician and professor of medicine at the University of Amsterdam, had been studying HIV since the discovery of the virus 30 years ago, rising to international prominence in a sometimes fractious field in part for his prescient and impassioned activism on everything from treatment regimes to health policy.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: Joep Lange, AIDS fighter, feared killed

The world of AIDS research was in shock on Friday after dozens of leading HIV experts, including veteran researcher Joep Lange of the Netherlands, were feared killed when a Malaysian plane was shot down over Ukraine, fuelling concerns that research on curing the disease could suffer.

Scott Harrison reflects on AIDS care

St. Paul’s was one of the first hospitals in Canada to treat HIV/AIDS patients—and today it’s one of the world’s leading clinical and research centres for this disease, providing care to more than 65% of the HIV positive people in the province.

Close friend of BC AIDS expert may be among dead on crashed Malaysia Airlines jetliner

The shooting down of Malaysian airlines flight 17 in Ukraine has hit home for the director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Julio Montaner says he is shocked to learn one of his close colleagues may be among the dead.

“My colleague, my friend, my very close collaborator, Dr. Joep Lange, may have been on this plane and we are devastated just to think about this loss. It is something that I can’t even think about. ”

He says Lange may have been on the plane heading to an AIDS conference in Melbourne.

Shane Woodford reports


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