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.

May 14: HIV prevention, distracted driving, LRT (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Blue Cross should cover HIV prevention medication

Re: Insurer stops covering HIV prevention drug, May 6

Insurer stops covering HIV prevention drug (BC centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Letters went out in late April to fewer than 10 people who had been receiving $900 per month in extended health coverage for the once-a-day pill called Truvada, confirmed Joanne Jung, director of pharmacy services for the not-for-profit insurer. The letters said Blue Cross paid for the medication in error and later determined it is not eligible as a pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP under the contracts in question.

New study says use of tranquilizers increases risk of HIV/AIDS among drug users (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A new study from the BC Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS Centre has shown a new link between HIV infection and the use of tranquilizers.

Better use of data would improve health outcomes in B.C. (Dr. Julio Montaner)

Harnessing comprehensive, real-time health data helped researchers beat HIV/AIDS and the lessons learned there can be used to tackle other diseases and conditions, a conference on so-called big data was told in Vancouver Friday.

Majority of Vancouver men remain unaware of HIV prevention drug, study finds (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

A BC Centre for Excellence study has found that approximately three-quarters of Vancouver men who have sex with men remain unaware of a proven-effective prevention method for HIV.

PrEP is now approved in Canada. What happens now? (Dr. Julio Montaner)

With an anticlimactic shuffle of paperwork, Health Canada quietly added a paragraph to the online documentation for Truvada on Feb 28, 2016, opening the door to a new era of HIV prevention in Canada.


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