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.

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.


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