No 'patient zero' in HIV epidemic, new research finds (Richard Harrigan, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

At the height of the AIDS epidemic sweeping across North America, a 1987 New York Post headline screamed: “The Man Who Gave Us AIDS.”

Treating Social Determinants Of Health Can Help End HIV/AIDS (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Picture this scenario: An individual living with HIV in British Columbia, “Doug” (whose name has been changed for privacy), was being “shuffled around” through care. As a result, he had grown tired and had mostly given up on treating his HIV. Sadly, he had begun telling family and friends that he wouldn't be around much longer. Can you see a solution to a situation like this?

B.C. aims to improve addiction treatment (Dr. Evan Wood)

Finding the best addiction treatment in B.C. is notoriously difficult because there’s no single system to navigate, says the doctor at the helm of a newly announced research centre.

“The medical side of addiction treatment isn’t well established,” says Dr. Evan Wood, who was named interim head of the new research centre by Premier Christy Clark on Sept. 28.

Mental illness rates high among hard-to-reach people with HIV/AIDS in B.C.: Study (BC CfE - Dr. Robert Hogg)

Addressing the underlying mental health issues of harder-to-reach people with HIV/AIDS is important for treatment, a British Columbia researcher says.

Premier says B.C. to spend additional $10 million in battle against overdoses (Dr. Evan Wood)

VICTORIA — British Columbia will create a centre to research drug addiction and provide education and guidance to health-care providers, but more must be done to battle an illicit-drug overdose crisis, the premier says.

As AIDS Walk funding takes dive, organizers shift focus to helping HIV survivors thrive (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

An annual charity walk Sunday in support of people living with HIV in B.C. has changed its theme for 2016 to focus on boosting its benefactors’ health and happiness.


Northern Health awards over $1.5 million to support HIV/HCV initiatives in communities

About 10 to 15 people are diagnosed with HIV in northern BC every year.

Opinion: Can we eliminate hepatitis? (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Thursday is World Hepatitis Day, an occasion to celebrate the strides in treating and — lo and behold — curing those who suffer from hepatitis C.

How routine testing can help end AIDS (Dr. Julio Montaner)

An older gentleman comes to visit the hospital complaining of a number of symptoms. While he doesn’t fit the typical risk factors for HIV, he is given a routine test that reveals he is HIV-positive. When his wife is later tested, she is also shown to be HIV-positive.

Progress on AIDS in South Africa points to way forward (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

South Africa has more people living with HIV-AIDS than any other country in the world, a staggering seven million.


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